TROY — Riverside consumers would like to help get readers in the holiday spirit by showing off some of their recent artwork. Residents from throughout the county have created pieces to bring in the holiday season — adding a little joy to an already enjoyable season.
Riverside Developmental Disabilities is Miami County’s local board of developmental disabilities.
Riverside’s mission is to empower people with developmental disabilities to live, work and play as full members of our community. Riverside’s vision is to build a community that supports and values people of all abilities. The organization offers service coordination and funding for a variety of services including home and daily living supports, adult day services, job training and transportation. Riverside also provides case management, early intervention, physical/occupational and speech therapies, recreational activities, Special Olympics programs, community housing coordination and other valuable services to people of all ages who have developmental disabilities.
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• Maggie Bondurant
Maggie Bondurant, age 27, lives in Troy with her parents and siblings.
A graduate of Troy High School, Maggie attends the Vision Mentors day program in Troy, where she operates the bailer in the recycling program and works at the front desk. Maggie also receives some supportive services for home and daily living activities through a provider assistant.
In her spare time, Maggie stays busy with the Riverside/Miami County Special Olympics basketball team, swim team and is also a cheerleader.
She is also an active member of the Aktion Club service and leadership club, and participates in the Adventures in Advocacy program.
• Corey Davis
Corey Davis, age 27, lives in West Milton with his mother.
A graduate of Milton-Union High School, Corey attends the With Open Hands day program five days a week, working on a wide variety of art projects. In addition to his work with pencils, Corey enjoys carving metal and leather, and even is a tattoo artist.
His goal is to go to school to pursue a career in broadcast and film, so he can complete a documentary based on the book he is currently writing.
• Jeri Jo Thomas
Jeri Jo Thomas, 35, lives in Piqua with her family and has received services through Riverside since she was 16 years old.
With her passion for painting, steadfast determination, and support from her service provider, Jeri Jo traveled to Florida for a three-week training course to become a Certified Ross Instructor, named after the late painter Bob Ross who hosted the long-running Joy of Painting PBS television show.
She teaches classes through Riverside’s Recreation Department on a regular basis, sharing her gift with many others.
• Kristiferlee Owens
Kristiferlee Owens, age 26, has cerebral palsy, which requires him to be a bit more creative with his painting technique.
He began painting several years ago and attempted to use his mouth. But through trying different methods, he discovered he felt more comfortable and was more successful when he used a paintbrush attached to a band wrapped around his head.
Kris is passionate about painting, and does commissioned paintings when requested.
He currently lives in West Milton with assistance through a provider for home and daily living services, and is eager to turn his passion for art into a career.
• Richard Peters
Richard Peters is 22 years old and transitioned into REM day programming out of Tipp City High School.
Richard attends REM’s Adult Day Service program in Troy, Monday through Friday and enjoys many different aspects that are offered. He also receives support services for home and daily living activities through a provider who assists him.
Outside of recreational activities and art work, Richard enjoys volunteering within the community. Richard has spent numerous days at the local Re-Store assisting store staff preparing items to be sold within the store. Richard has also enjoyed his time volunteering at Richard’s Chapel Soup Kitchen in Troy.
• Megan Nicholl
Megan Nicholl is a Piqua resident who spends two days a week at REM day services in Troy, socializing with her peers as well as using her creativity in the art program. She also receives support services for home and daily living activities through a provider assistant.
Megan is a strong support within the community volunteering her time at Richard’s Chapel in the soup kitchen.
Megan enjoys all types of art work, and especially enjoys creating holiday wreaths.