People First Wisconsin

People First Wisconsin check our website at www.peoplefirstwisconsin.org People First Wisconsin is a statewide grassroots nonprofit self-advocacy organization run by and for people with disabilities, especially intellectual disabilities.

We work to empower people to speak up for themselves, to have their voices heard and to effect personal and societal change. People First Wisconsin challenges the institutions, social policies and community attitudes that prevent people with disabilities from achieving their full potential as citizens.

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"Every flower that ever bloomed had to go through a lot of dirt to get there."--Barbara Johnson
09/17/2021

"Every flower that ever bloomed had to go through a lot of dirt to get there."--Barbara Johnson

Do you know a self-advocate who is ready to improve their leadership skills, speak up for themselves and participate mor...
09/17/2021

Do you know a self-advocate who is ready to improve their leadership skills, speak up for themselves and participate more in their own planning meetings? The Arc Wisconsin Academy Self-Advocacy Leadership in Action Course is for you! This 7-session on-line course is designed by experts in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and delivered in partnership with self-advocate trainers. (Course tuition is being funded by Family Care and IRIS; open to exploring funding through CLTS and school transition programs.)



Register by October 1



Course outline



Course support includes monthly individual check-ins, individual goal setting, monthly (fun) homework and more!



Tuition costs can be included in your person-centered plan if approved! $240

Do you know a self-advocate who is ready to improve their leadership skills, speak up for themselves and participate more in their own planning meetings? The Arc Wisconsin Academy Self-Advocacy Leadership in Action Course is for you! This 7-session on-line course is designed by experts in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and delivered in partnership with self-advocate trainers. (Course tuition is being funded by Family Care and IRIS; open to exploring funding through CLTS and school transition programs.)



Register by October 1



Course outline



Course support includes monthly individual check-ins, individual goal setting, monthly (fun) homework and more!



Tuition costs can be included in your person-centered plan if approved! $240

Your vote matters. Your vote is powerful. Register to vote today! https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/Register-To-Vote.
09/16/2021

Your vote matters. Your vote is powerful. Register to vote today! https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/Register-To-Vote.

Join us September 14th at 9 AM as we celebrate National Disability Voter Registration Week. Our webinar will share everything you need to know about registering to vote, why voting matters and making a plan to vote.

Register at https://tinyurl.com/3ncks4s3

Life always offers you a second chance. Itโ€™s called tomorrow.  -Nicholas Sparks
09/16/2021

Life always offers you a second chance. Itโ€™s called tomorrow.
-Nicholas Sparks

Life always offers you a second chance. Itโ€™s called tomorrow.
-Nicholas Sparks

09/16/2021

Topic: Thursday evening meetup
Time: September 16 2021 06:00 PM Central Time
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09/15/2021

Today's #COVID19_WI update shows two counties (Forest and Buffalo) at Critically High activity levels. It's the first time since January we've seen rates of more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 residents. See activity where you are, and please take steps to #StopTheSpread: dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/local.htm

09/15/2021

9/15/21

Good Morning Members,

I hope to find you well. I know this may be getting boring, but I have to put this out in my letters. I heard that the ๐‚๐Ž๐•๐ˆ๐ƒ ๐ง๐ฎ๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฎ๐ฉ, ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ง. A lot of ๐ค๐ข๐๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐‚๐Ž๐•๐ˆ๐ƒ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ. My coach works in a school and one of the classrooms had to send all the kids home. These are young kids that are getting this. It isnโ€™t just adults getting this and with kids getting it can be scary. I donโ€™t know how sick they get, if itโ€™s like adults or not.

Most schools are all back in person. I have a neighbor that works in a school and when their school gets to 10 cases the kids have to stay home for 10 days and they sterilize the school. The teachers will stay in the classroom to be able to teach. I think there are
about 9 cases at her school right now already. Kids are not the best about wearing their masks all the time--so they are at risk.

๐ˆ ๐œ๐š๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ž๐ง๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ๐ก ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ก๐š๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฐ๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ๐ค.Wash them before and after eating, going to the bathroom, when you come home. I also leave my shoes at the door because shoes carry a lot of germs. I am not going to tell you something I donโ€™t know because it is always changing.

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐‚๐ƒ๐‚ ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐š ๐ฅ๐จ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง, ๐›๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ˆ ๐๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ž. ๐ˆ ๐š๐ฆ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐›๐š๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ. It is fall and I donโ€™t want to bore you with just COVID. To get your mind off of that you can decorate, make some fall crafts. I am all about the fall because I was born in the fall. I will decorate for fall and Halloween. Halloween is favorite holiday.

๐Œ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ก ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ž ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ž ๐ ๐จ๐จ๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ. If you know you are having an issue you can reach out to me. You can call my cell phone @ 414-852-6462 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Thursday. If I am unable to take your call, I will call you back. You can reach ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž ๐ก๐จ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž @ ๐Ÿ(๐Ÿ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ)-๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•-๐Ÿ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ‘.

Sincerely,

Cindy Bentley
Executive Director
People First Wisconsin

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09/15/2021

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09/15/2021
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These meetings will focus on bringing information to advocates to better themselves and others in the community.

This is not a meetup, this is an informational setting!

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On Sunday, Cindy won the silver medal in golf for Special Olympics! Cindy and her coach had been working together for 3 ...
09/14/2021

On Sunday, Cindy won the silver medal in golf for Special Olympics! Cindy and her coach had been working together for 3 and 1/2 almost 4 years. She aimed, practiced, listened to her coach, and took her time. Now it paid off, going from a score of 78 to a personal best of 74! Congratulations Cindy! Practice is how you play!

On Sunday, Cindy won the silver medal in golf for Special Olympics! Cindy and her coach had been working together for 3 and 1/2 almost 4 years. She aimed, practiced, listened to her coach, and took her time. Now it paid off, going from a score of 78 to a personal best of 74! Congratulations Cindy! Practice is how you play!

09/14/2021

๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐š๐๐ฏ๐จ๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž๐ž๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  11- 12
๐“๐ข๐ฆ๐ž: September 14 2021 11:00 AM Central Time
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09/13/2021

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09/13/2021

Meetu information is in your email. Have a great week advocates!

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09/12/2021

You are not weak for needing a moment. For needing time. For needing to pick yourself up again. For having to start over. It's okay to take that time. You are amazing. #MentalHealth #Boundaries #No #NoIsACompleteSentance #TakeTimeForYourself #Mindfulness

A mantra to remember: It's ok to not be ok.
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09/11/2021

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09/10/2021
2021 Self-Determination Conference

๐‘๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ ๐’๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ-๐ƒ๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง!

This year the conference will be ALL virtual. With the health and safety of our participants in mind and with the current raise in COVID cases and variants, we have determined that a virtual conference is the best option for 2021.

Youโ€™re in for a great virtual conference experience! Lots of interactive and networking opportunities. ๐‘๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ฌ ๐…๐‘๐„๐„!

๐‘๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ!
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๐–๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐š โ€œ๐ˆโ€™๐ฏ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ž๐โ€ ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง? ๐‹๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ง ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ you can get your pin when you register.

BPDD ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฌ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ž ๐š ๐‚๐Ž๐•๐ˆ๐ƒ ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐ž
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๐•๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐‡๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐š๐ญ ๐Ÿ”๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ–-๐Ÿ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”-๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ๐Ÿ” for assistance.

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09/10/2021

Everyone is different.

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Everyone is different.

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09/10/2021
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๐€๐๐ฏ๐จ๐œ๐š๐œ๐ฒ, ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง, ๐ƒ๐ข๐ฌ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐Œ๐ž๐ž๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ -๐€.๐ˆ.๐ƒ.

๐–๐ก๐ž๐ง:Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 10:00am
๐–๐ก๐จ: Michelle Roach from Promote Local will be presenting everything you want to know about the Self-Determination Conference! Get pumped up! The Self-Determination Conference is just around the corner.

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๐–๐ข๐ฌ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐ง ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐š๐ง ๐€๐œ๐œ๐ž๐ฉ๐ญ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐๐ก๐จ๐ญ๐จ ๐ˆ๐ƒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฏ๐จ๐ญ๐žโ€œBring It to the Ballotโ€ has a list of acceptabl...
09/09/2021

๐–๐ข๐ฌ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐ง ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐š๐ง ๐€๐œ๐œ๐ž๐ฉ๐ญ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐๐ก๐จ๐ญ๐จ ๐ˆ๐ƒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฏ๐จ๐ญ๐žโ€œBring It to the Ballotโ€ has a list of acceptable Photo IDs: https://bringit.wi.gov/

If you do not have an acceptable Photo ID for voting, act now so that you will be ready for the 2022 elections. ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐š ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ž๐ž ๐๐ก๐จ๐ญ๐จ ๐ˆ๐ƒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฏ๐จ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐–๐ข๐ฌ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐ง ๐ƒ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Œ๐จ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ ๐•๐ž๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ (๐ƒ๐Œ๐•). Their Voter ID Hotline is (844) 588-1069.

Learn how to apply for a Free ID and the necessary documentation: https://bit.ly/2CgiLff.

๐๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ? Contact the Wisconsin Voter ID Coalition at ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿด-๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿด๐Ÿฑ-๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿญ or ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ณ๐—ผ@๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป.๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ด. Or contact the DRW Voter Helpline ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐Ÿญ-๐Ÿด๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ-๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿณ-๐Ÿด๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿด๐Ÿฏ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ณ๐—ผ@๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ.๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ด

Wisconsin law requires that you must show an Acceptable Photo ID to vote. โ€œBring It to the Ballotโ€ has a list of acceptable Photo IDs: https://bringit.wi.gov/

If you do not have an acceptable Photo ID for voting, act now so that you will be ready for the 2022 elections. You can apply for a free Photo ID for voting at the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Their Voter ID Hotline is (844) 588-1069.

Learn how to apply for a Free ID and the necessary documentation: https://bit.ly/2CgiLff.

Questions? Help is available!
Contact the Wisconsin Voter ID Coalition at 608-285-2151 or [email protected].
Or contact the DRW Voter Helpline at 1-844-347-8683 or email at [email protected].

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Advocate Information Discussion-A.I.D. Meeting Friday, Sept. 10 @10:00am

โ€œNo voice is too soft when that voice speaks for others.โ€
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Advocacy, Information, Discussion (A.I.D.) Meeting,

When: Join us on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 10:00 am
Who: Wendy Heyn from Disability Vote Coalition
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Join the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition as we present our People First Voter Registration Training as part of the National Disability Voter Registration Week! Learn everything you need to know about registering to vote, why voting matters, and how to make a plan to vote for your upcoming elections.

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Remember that all advocacy is, at its core, an exercise in empathy.

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Good Morning Members,

I hope to find you well. I have missed writing to you. I had a great vacation and I back and ready to get back into the swing of things. My coworker Erin filled in for me last week and she did a wonderful job. So, I havenโ€™t kept up with the news on COVID but I know ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ง๐ฎ๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฎ๐ฉ. ๐๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ๐ค ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž. I canโ€™t tell you what to do because you are your own person, but ๐ˆ ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐ž.

I know there is a lot of unknown and that can be scary. ๐๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ๐ค, ๐›๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ค ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ. I know there are different studies on the vaccine. Think about your life because I have heard about a lot of people dying from this without the vaccine. It is a very serious disease.

As the director of People First of Wisconsin it is important for me to tell you about what is going on because I care about my members. I pray on this daily because I donโ€™t want to hear about my friends or loved ones getting sick or dying.๐‰๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ๐ก ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ก๐š๐ง๐๐ฌ, ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ๐ก ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐š๐œ๐ž, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ž ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ and how many people you are around. ๐ˆโ€™๐ฆ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ค๐ž๐ž๐ฉ ๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐‚๐Ž๐•๐ˆ๐ƒ, ๐›๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง and I think ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ฎ๐ž ๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐ญ.

In other news, we are having ๐„๐ฑ๐ž๐œ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ข๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ž ๐๐จ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐„๐ฅ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ! If you are interested in running for a board position, ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ง๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž: http://www.peoplefirstwisconsin.org/people-first-wisconsin-board-meetings.html

Lastly, ๐๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐…๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐–๐ข๐ฌ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐ง ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ก๐ข๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ ! There are two positions open. One for Office Manager, the other for financial manager. ๐†๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฃ๐จ๐› ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐œ๐ซ๐ข๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž: http://www.peoplefirstwisconsin.org/employment-opportunities.html

Thank you and have a great rest of your week. I also just wanted to let you know that it is national mental health month and su***de awareness month. You can call my cell phone @ 414-852-6462 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Thursday. If I am unable to take your call, I will call you back. You can reach ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž ๐ก๐จ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž @ ๐Ÿ(๐Ÿ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ)-๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•-๐Ÿ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ‘.

Sincerely,

Cindy Bentley
Executive Director
People First Wisconsin

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