This has been my home since 1968.
The people we serve have become like a second family to me over the ten years I have been employed at COF.
As for our son Mark, he must be happier than he’s ever been because I seldom hear from him. This makes me feel secure, knowing that he is getting along so well.
Our son, William, is blind, is not able to walk, has Cerebral Palsy, Autism and has the cognitive abilities of approximately a 3–4 year old. He is almost 30 years young, and Dave and I are no spring chickens. COF has been a blessing to us. They provide services of a workshop, housing, transportation, recreational outings, and medical attention for William. One of my main worries is what will happen to William upon the demise of us, his parents who are his conservators and guardians. COF provides some peace of mind for us knowing that he will always have a place there. There are many decisions regarding William that have caused us great tribulation and heartbreak but since his involvement with COF those decisions have been diminished. I cannot sing the praises of COF enough. They have given a quality of life for William that Dave and I would not be able to do on our own. I wish any parent of a special needs child could have the benefit that COF has provided us. In short, or KISS (keep it simple silly), COF is a saint from God for us and William.
As far as ‘why’ I serve the Friends of COF, it’s pretty simple — I was asked by Chris Patton, John Griffin, and Carla Bienhoff to help raise funds for the developmentally disabled. Who could say no to those three? My admiration and respect for the senior management of COF Training Services is second to none. It is both a pleasure and honor to serve such a well-managed organization. I know the money raised will be entrusted to individuals who will advance the mission of COF Training Services. The opportunity to raise funds for such a noble mission has added value and smiles to my life.
I have worked at COF over 20 years and have enjoyed working with people that appreciate everything I do for them.
We feel so blessed for our daughter to have a place to live and receive services where she can be independent.
I began my career with COF Training Services on October 26, 1987. I have spent my entire 25 years as part of the day service program. Many of the consumers that I work with today were here when I started my career and helped me to get through the beginning stages. I have seen many changes and I've seen many people come and go. I've had to work through the loss of some of our consumers. COF has been a great place to work and to quote a line from a song, "If I had it all to do over again," I'd do it with COF Training Services.
I feel so relieved that my son has someone to look after him now and when I am no longer here.