“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” – Hamilton Wright Mabie
Boundless Holiday Festivities are another way that Boundless incorporates its values, particularly those of love, respect and well-being, into annual tradition. The details of the celebrations might vary a bit from year to year, but the sense of family, joyfulness and spirit of giving remain constant.
Boundless hosted a Flannel and Frost themed holiday party in early December for its employees. Located for the first time on the Boundless (Step by Step Academy) Worthington campus, over three hundred employees joined in the festivities. The party, held at two different times to accommodate a variety of work schedules, offered delicious catered food, holiday music, games and prizes! Over eighty-five (85) gifts were given away via drawings every fifteen (15) minutes and each employee who attended could pull a gift card from the Giving Tree. Employees enjoyed catching up with their friends and coworkers at the many high top tables sprinkled throughout the party-space. A popular addition this yer included a “selfie station” where partygoers were able to capture happy moments with holiday-themed photo props.
Knowing that the dedication required to provide excellent care to those Boundless supports, employees scheduled to work Christmas Eve into Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day received gift cards as an extra “thank you”.
The People We Serve
The spirit of the season could be found in the homes of the people Boundless serves as well. Each of the Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities’ (ICF-IID’s) hosted their annual parties as did the Supported Living and Extensions program.
The Supported Living group’s Christmas party numbered over 200 people served, in addition to staff and the family members! As with years’ past, merrymakers enjoyed dinner, dancing and karaoke. Other Community Living locations’ holiday parties reflected the interests and traditions of those who reside there.
Also continuing tradition, the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church congregants donated over one hundred fifty (150) gifts to people served in Boundless’ Community Living programs to ensure a very merry and bright holiday season!
From October to December, Boundless Center-based program staff and families participated in the Annual Holiday Toy, Food and Clothing Drive. Together, as a team, Boundless collected over 500 canned goods and provided over fifteen families with bags (kindly donated by the WholeFoods in Upper Arlington) for food for five meals. Staff also collected hundreds of articles of clothing, toys and activity items for the families. Boundless could not have done it without the amazing generosity of staff and families!