Walking in Joy

If you walk in joy, happiness is close behind. Todd Stocker I’ve had several people over the years who have approached me with somewhat disgruntled expressions and asked, “Why are you always coming up with different ways to try and get money from us? You’ve got the Walk ‘n Roll, the Gala, Giving Tuesday, heck, […]

DSP Recognition Week 2021

The National Direct Support Professional (DSP) Appreciation Week this year is being held from Sept. 12th through Sept. 18th.

Let’s Do Something Wonderful

Every time we look at the clock, we must learn to feel a sense of urgency. We must learn to realize that “now” is happening and will very soon be gone. We must look at the digits on the display and be overcome with an urge to do something before those digits change. Before “now” […]

Updates and a Request for Your Legislative Advocacy

As executive director of Garden Center Services, I can say that this challenging past year of the pandemic has been especially stressful for community-based agencies like ours that provide residential support to adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. GCS currently serves 140 individuals who are either living in one of our 12 community living arrangements […]

Looking Back…and Forward

It’s somewhat hard to believe that a couple of days ago, on May 2nd, I celebrated my 18th year anniversary as the Executive Director of Garden Center Services. To say that the decision to accept this position changed my life would be such a huge understatement! After a long career working in this field, beginning […]

A Word from Gerry

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”  –Martin Luther King Jr. Over the past few weeks and months our community has been forced to deal with multiple difficult challenges – the COVID-19 pandemic, the resulting economic fallout, brutal scenes of racial oppression, and the following civil unrest. As […]