Ohio Valley Goodwill was delighted to welcome interested visitors to its New CARE West program on Thursday, March 24th during its first Open House event to celebrate the opening of the new site. Modeled after the organization’s award-winning Center for Advocacy, Recreation and Education (CARE) program, the new Westside satellite is located in the rear of the Advantage Bank Building at Harrison and Montana Avenues in the community of Westwood. The official Open House was held to introduce the new CARE West program to the community and prospective referral sources. Special guests included Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services (HCDDS) Service Facilitators and Directors, Parents, Transition Coordinators, Teachers and Advantage bank employees. Created in response to family request and community need, the new Westwood CARE program is designed to provide personal development activities for individuals served by long-time referral partner, Hamilton County DD Services. Guests had the opportunity to talk with Goodwill program staff members, transportation managers, as well as other interested visitors as they toured all of the areas of the new CARE West location. A key feature of the new CARE program is community involvement and the whole idea of having fun! Individuals enrolled in the program will have the opportunity to participate in a host of activities that can include everything from social events to recreational outings to community volunteering. The new CARE program offers door-to-door Goodwill van service as well as delegated nursing services and personal care assistance so that individuals interested in participating can be supported in whatever fashion is appropriate. Goodwill’s Westwood Vocational Services Center Supervisor, Michelle Ruschman, is in charge of the new CARE program and she and an experienced staff team are excited about the many opportunities that are being offered in the new setting. For a tour of the Westside CARE program, please contact Michelle Ruschman at 661-2333 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.