January 2015  | sunflowerhill.org
January 27, 2015

Welcome 2015!

Happy New Year to all Sunflower Hill families and supporters! We've got some very exciting announcements, plans and programs for this year. Stay tuned - we promise to share soon! It's hard to believe that it was just three years ago that we launched Sunflower Hill. We've come a long way since then and much of it is due to the support we've received. Thank you for being a part of our 'family' and for your commitment to our vision for a sustainable special needs community!

Welcome New Board and Advisors!!

A warm welcome to four new Sunflower Hill board members - Cindy Everson, Carolyn Zalewski, Dean Clark and Cindy O'Hare and to our two new advisors, Julie Borg and Toby Trevarthen. They've added tremendous depth to our organization and will be on hand to assist with our new 2015 programs and activities. Read more about our new board members' backgrounds here and our new advisors' backgrounds here 

Special Needs Symposium - Are you registered?

Back by popular demand, our second Special Needs Financial Planning Symposium - set for Saturday January 31 at Las Positas College in Livermore.
Confused by what you need to do with Social Security, Medi-Cal, Medi-Care, In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) and Special Needs Trusts?  Wondering what the new ABLE Act means for you and how to take advantage of it? This half day seminar can answer your questions. Speakers Kevin Urbatch, Jim Huyck and Jon Elfin are the experts --- register now! And if you're a regional center client, please check with your case manager as this conference qualifies for reimbursement! You can register for this symposium here.

Got cards?
A special shout out to Milfleur at 728 Main Street in downtown Pleasanton for selling Sunflower Hill  greeting cards! Our first batch has sold out and we're quickly delivering reinforcements. Please support this local Pleasanton business as they support our cause! And by the way -- Sunflower Hill seeds are on their way - just in time for the spring planting season. Check our website for more details.

Did You Know?
Sunflower Hill is a member of the Coalition for Community Choice - a nationwide grassroots advocacy association that works to ensure our children can make their own choices as to their long-term living options. Whether the choice for residential living is an intentional community, a parental home, a group home, an independent apartment or home, we know that ALL are needed. The proposed federal CMS regulations want to 'define' where our children should/can live. The Coalition is working to ensure that our voice is heard in this discussion.  Please lend your support!  
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