National Disability Awareness Month- Wyatt’s Story

In recognition of National Disability Awareness Month and National Wheelchair Day, we want to introduce you to Wyatt.

Wyatt is 32 years old and lives on Magnolia Lane at Cedar Lake Lodge. He loves the UofL Cardinals, Taylor Swift and spending time with staff. Because of his scoliosis, Wyatt needs a specialized wheelchair. His old chair was too large, it wasn’t providing the support he needs, and it was simply not a good fit for his body.
The physical therapy team at the Lodge, along with nationally recognized wheelchair designer (and Cedar Lake employee), Andy Byrd, came together to create a wheelchair that would be designed and built just for Wyatt.  After many discussions between Andy and the therapists working with Wyatt, they determined that they could combine a custom molded seat with a Roho cushion, which is the best cushion for pressure release, to create the perfect chair for Wyatt.  Custom molds were created for the chair’s seat and back and combined with the Roho cushion.  The result is a chair the provides the perfect spine and pelvic stability that Wyatt needs.
With passion and dedication, the team was able to mold and build Wyatt’s new chair, something that has not been seen in their combined 40 years of experience. Daily assessments of his skin are done to make sure there are no pressure injuries. Wyatt is absolutely thriving in his new wheelchair and his infectious smile shows it!

March 2022 Updates

My heart has been nourished these last few days by the warmth of spring and sight of daffodils and hyacinths rising up out of the cold ground, their faces pointed toward the sun. My soul has been nourished by time spent at the Lodge and Park Place with some of the dear people for whom we are so privileged to care. Their hugs, their smiles, their joy in being with friends and seeing visitors is contagious. How we’ve missed this! I can’t help but think of all our families who have put the health and safety of their loved ones first and have sacrificed precious time with them so they, and all those we care for, could be as protected from Covid-19 as possible.
Some of the best news I have to share is that we are able to welcome visitors back to our programs! Cedar Lake Foundation is hosting quarterly tours this year. We start the day at 8:30 at Williamsburg Plaza with breakfast and an overview of our programs, then we all get into one of our buses and head to the Lodge for a tour. After the Lodge, we go to Cedar Lake Enrichment Center where guests not only can experience our work there but get an overview of all Cedar Lake Residences and community based services as well. Then it’s back to Louisville by noon. Our next tour is scheduled for Friday, May 20. If you would like to join please contact Kelsey Hamilton at 502.495.4931 or khamilton@cedarlake.org. So if it’s been too long since you’ve had a chance to visit Cedar Lake or if you’ve never had the opportunity, join me on May 20 and be prepared to have your hearts and souls lifted!

Our Grants Program

In January 2021, Cedar Lake launched a robust grants program focusing its efforts on strengthening relationships with existing local foundations and identifying potential new leads for grant opportunities. Despite the changing landscape for the grants world, Cedar Lake successfully raised $130,875 in corporate and foundation grants.  We are grateful for our philanthropic partners and their contributions to help strengthen and advance our mission. With the funds raised, we improved the lives of those who call Cedar Lake home.
Funding from this year’s grants, we were able to accomplish the following: enhancing our supported employment program, installing a new roof on a community home, purchasing iPads for staff to document visits with our community living individuals, purchasing a smartboard for our day program, buying a new van for the transportation of our community folks,  purchasing necessary PPE and installed several new appliances. We also completed our sensory garden at Cedar Lake Enrichment Center (CLEC), our day program, giving our individuals a tranquil retreat that provides holistic healing and well-being. Also, ample funding was used to support the general operating expenses necessary for any business.

December 2021 Updates

We made it!  2021 is coming to a close and we are grateful for all the good things that happened in the year and for surviving all the challenges the year brought.
It is easy in the midst of the pandemic we have struggled with for two years to see only the challenges, respond only to our fear and anxiety.  When we do this, we miss all the joy that is right in front of us.  Perhaps it feels a little “off” to talk about joy when we think of all we have experienced this year; maybe we should just talk about surviving, keeping our heads down and trying to simply get through the days.  If you’re like me, I’m sure you have had several days like this in 2021.  I am  reminded, however, of the words of the writer Angela Williams Gorrell in The Gravity of Joy, perhaps “we can give ourselves over to the what if? of joy. We can live postured toward joy, alive to its possibility, even in the unlikeliest places, even in close proximity to our sorrow, even and most especially in the midst of our suffering…We can look, listen, and be open to the awareness that any thing, any person, and idea could unexpectedly seize us with joy.”
In this month’s newsletter, we are sharing stories and photos representing all the joy you brought to our lives this year.  All the joy that sometimes is right in front of us and we just miss it.  Look at the smiles on the faces of those in our care. See the happiness your care and attention brought to them – and to us!  If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by all that is happening in our world, I hope the stories and pictures we share will give you a glimpse of the possibility of joy, the promise of it from the angel announcing the birth of Jesus, “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”

Thank You GEA

Thanks to the generosity of GE Appliances, some of our apartments
have new appliances!

The generous donation includes two refrigerators, one washer, one dryer and one stove for the people in our care. The stove is used in our daily living skills program where individuals learn how to cook.

These appliances are helping our individuals gain independence and self-worth all while making daily tasks more manageable with the convenience of modern-day appliances.

Thank you, GEA for helping make our community a better place for all.

       

Cedar Lake with Today’s Woman

Our very own Paul Clark and Cassity Bratcher sat down with Today’s Woman for an interview that touches on the Physical Therapy Department at Cedar Lake and what their days look like at the Lodge.
Click here to read the full article.

Thank you, Paul and Cassity, for all you do for the people in our care!

 

Hearts of Gold Gala 2021

Cedar Lake’s “Hearts of Gold” Gala took place Saturday, November 13th at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. We could not have asked for a better night of celebration. Thank you to our sponsors, attendees and donors for the endless support and making it such a special event.

You can find more pictures of the gala captured by
Emma McMahan Photography at our Facebook page.

 

       

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