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In This Issue:
Message from the Executive Director
MCPRS 2012 Annual Employee Recognition
My New World without Limits
Once Again, MCPRS Ranked Top 125
Training Department
Resident Goverment Annual Holiday Party
The Life Long Learning Holiday Festivities
"Tis the Season for Giving
Halloween Bash!
Miami International Book Fair
Miami International Book Fair
Braddock News
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Volume VI- December 2012

 Message from the Executive Director, Marta E. Morin, M.Ed.

With the end of the year at hand and a new one approaching, I would like to take a moment to wish all our residents & their families, employees, and friends and supporters of Miami Cerebral Palsy, Residential Services, Inc. a happy holiday season. In a time of year so heavily invested with expectation, its most enduring gifts are often lost, but it is precisely these I hope all of you receive in plenty: health, fulfillment, the presence of friends and family.


As illustrated so memorably by Charles Dickens, these are holidays around which the past constantly hovers, which is particularly appropriate, given the nature of our work. Marley's ghost insisted that there is a strong connection, too, with the present and the future, an accounting not only of where we've been, but of where we are and where we're going.


Beneath the glitter and the packaging and all its transient aspects, the holidays are about absolute things, things that matter, things that last. This is something to which we should be particularly attuned as employees of an organization whose core values are similar: reverence for the people we serve, inclusiveness, and understanding. These are the good works and altruism that are at the heart of our mission and that resonate with a particular clarity in the holiday season.


I thank you for joining me in this work over the past year and I look forward to continuing with you into the next. And it is with a sincere hope for the health and happiness of all that I wish everyone a good holiday season and happy new year.  


MCPRS 2012 Annual Employee Recognition Luncheon

From Human Resources


On November 2, 2012, Miami Cerebral Palsy had the priviledge of honoring employees for their years of service at the Carino's Italian Grille restaurant.  There were a total of 31 employees honored as follows 4 for 25 years, 3 for 20 years, 1 for 15 years, 7 for 10 years and 16 for 5 years of service. Please join un in celebrating and congratulating the following employees for their contribution and commitment to making a difference in the lives of people we support.Read More


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adriana My New World without Limits


Hello, my name is Adriana, a 23 year-old girl who arrived from Venezuela to Miami on Octobert 10, 2012.  My purpose of coming to Miami ws to become an independent woman. Read More


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Top 125 logo Once Again, MCPRS Ranked Top 125
On November 19th, MCPRS was informed by Training Magazine that MCPRS once again ranks among the global elite. Unfortunately, we do not know where we rank and won't find out until February 18th, 2013 when Training Magazine will have an official countdown at their Annual Training Conference.  A press release with background information and the list of 2013 Training Top 125 winners in alphabetical order can be viewed Click here to see winners
Stay tune for how MCPRS Ranked!

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Training Department


Part of our mission at MCPRS is to reach out to the community utilizing our training to educate the public about our unique and special individuals living with developmental disabilities.   One of the ways we do this is offering our Nutritional and Physical Management courses to Dade County school teachers to familiarize them with our individuals and their special needs. Many of them, as you know, work with children living with developmental disabilities, and have a need to know how to meet their physical and nutritional needs.   The teachers are always very grateful, and occasionally send us beautiful letters of gratitude. Here is just a brief excerpt from one of them:


Appreciation is also extended to all other staff members and workers behind the scenes that render "this center" a jewel of the community at large  Read More


Cheryl, Louis and Santa (Juan Carlos)

Resident Government Annual Holiday Party


The Residential Government Committee held its "Annual Holiday Party" on Friday December 14th. The event was spectacular. The evening began with the individuals having a photo with Santa by the Christmas tree. Then we started the dancing Congo circle followed by the "Dancing with the Star's" contest and finishing with the soul train line. Punch, hors d'oeuvres and cake was served, then gifts were presented to each individual. The festive evening ended with a sparkling cider toast by RGC President Rodney Roulac and (rep.) Luis Martinez wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Click to see pictures



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 The Life Long Learning Holiday Festivities



Santa had many little helpers this year at the Life Long Learning program (LLLP).  Our helpers started with the excellent planning and coordination of the teachers who started the festivitities with the annual tree decorating followed by a Silent Auction with donated items that were auctioned.  All proceeds went to purchase holiday gifts for the students who attend the program and were distributed to them by Santa during the holiday gatherings. A special thanks to Bill Appleton, Leanne, Maxine and Luz Anjela Jimenez   for leading us with holiday carols, the students enjoyed the singing!  Lastly, a special thanks  to Pilar Gomez, who presented presents to students and staff alike, compliments of Business Telecommunications Services, Inc. A big thank you to BTS for their thoughtfulness and kindness this holiday season - the students at the Life Long Learning Program definitely had a blast with all the festivities and the gifts they received.Click here to see pictures


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 "Tis the Season of Giving"


The Resident Goverment Committee members this year chose to give back to their community this 2012 season by organizing a Thanksgiving Food Drive. Read More

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Adriana Halloween
Costume Contest Winner

Halloween Bash


Every month at the Life Long Learning Program, the students have something to celebrate.

In October, we celebrated Halloween with a costume contest. The winner was a student from classroom 4 who was able to choose and take home one of the pumpkins that was creatively decorated as a winning prize.  The party was lots of fun.



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Miami International Book Fair

The Life Long Learning Program students enjoyed a beautiful sunny day at Miami Down Town where the Book Fair presented many different activities, including real-world, age appropriate illustrations, food, games and gifts. Read More


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Rodeny and Adrianna


Presidential Elections



This past election season the students at the Life Long Learning Program participated in their own Presidential elections whereby each student casted their ballots to select their candidates at polling stations manded by the presdent of the Resident Goverment Committee, Rodney and his assistance Adriana. Together,both counted the ballots and announced the winner which happend to be President Obama.   Click to see pictures   

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Braddock News

 Lets Go Fish!

During the baseball season, sixteen Braddock facility residents attended games of the Miami Marlins baseball team at Marlins Park. Marlins Park is the brand new stadium completed in March 2012. It's a truly beautiful, modern facility, with a retractable roof, and an amazing selection of food.


Attending these games requires a bit of planning for Braddock Facility residents, but resulted in a lot of fun for all. After much coordination including purchase of the tickets, securing transportation and ensuring qualified support staff, the individuals had the time of their life. The excitement began waiting in line to get on the elevator and once on the elevator to find yourself in one of the best panoramic views of the stadium and downtown Miami through the transparent, sliding-door-like outfield wall. Our seating was in a special wheelchair accessible area with a fantastic view.


If you are looking for a great community inclusion activity, that promotes visual and auditory stimulation, this is the right place to go. You are helped to navigate the facility by many great people, some with disabilities, including the elevator operator and food vendors. Your senses are heightened all of the time by the multiple video screens and speakers throughout the park. The dynamics of the game prompts you to cheer and be involved in the action, which includes dancing and singing. Finally, it's an amazing experience because the people around you are just plain, friendly!"Click to see pictures



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