Stephanie Dille has been heading up our social activities in Greenwood for quite some time. I asked her to share with us why this is important to Cornerstone and what kind of activities she plans. Check it out below:
YAY SOCIAL!!! This is the phrase that has kind of become my ‘tag-line’ here at Cornerstone & is the way I begin every social announcement at every team meeting on Wednesdays! I started my journey at Cornerstone in April of 2011. I say journey because ABA is more than a job to me, it is a way to improve the quality of lives of those around me on a daily basis! Coming to Cornerstone was my first exposure to ABA therapy. I was fresh out of college (hey Ball State! Chirp Chirp!) and with the faltering economy, I was lucky to even get an interview for a job in the field in which I studied while in undergrad, which was psychological science. I interviewed with Cornerstone and fell in love. I knew that this was the place I needed to be. When the call came from Debbie Ide extending me an offer to come to work for them I had no idea that she would be offering me the experience of a lifetime!
When I first started at Cornerstone the thing that drew me in and impressed me the most was the passion that David, Debbie, Ken, and the staff had for the kids. This passion that I immediately recognized included the facility and resources that Cornerstone had, as well as the family atmosphere that had been created at the center. Cornerstone was unlike anything I had ever seen before! It was these components that set Cornerstone apart from all the rest and what continues to set us apart. With the growth of our company came a tremendous growth in building and expanding our center, increasing our resources, while still maintaining that family atmosphere that we all hold so dear to our hearts.
Stephanie and Fred enjoying our 2011 Christmas party!
Our little social chair position started with Anesa Doyle several months after I started at Cornerstone. It began with small events at the center and created a way for us to connect outside of the center from time to time. When Anesa found out she was expecting her first child she asked me if I would be interested in taking over the position, which I graciously accepted. I knew that the role of social chair was bigger than just planning outings from time to time, it was going to be a way to keep our family atmosphere going no matter how big Cornerstone was becoming. It was a responsibility I was ready to take on! Cornerstone encouraged me to take this position to the next level because they too appreciated how the social aspect contributes to more than just hanging out with co-workers. Our social events allow us to connect with one another, talk about our daily experiences, bounce ideas off one another, meet each other’s boyfriends/girlfriends/significant others, and wear something besides scrubs! As rewarding as our jobs are, it can be challenging at times to help a client through a breakthrough. We as staff are our best support system. We understand each other better than anyone else does and we are able to relate at almost every level with one another. By having social events we are able to continue to nurture these important relationships between us staff.
As social chair I orchestrate several themed pitch-ins over the year (our biggest one included ‘friends-giving’ at Thanksgiving time), baseball outings to Indian’s games during the spring/summer, jewelry parties, movie outings, dinner outings, haunted house and apple-picking events during the fall, Pacer game outings, and I find neat events going on around the Indianapolis area throughout the year and plan outings for our center to attend those events as well. I am currently working with some independent companies in the Indianapolis area to plan social events at their venues to support local businesses such as ours! I like to plan events where we are able to just let loose and have fun, as well as plan events that are family friendly so our staff are able to include their children as well. This spring I will be planning an event at Skyzone in Fishers (an indoor trampoline park) as one of our family friendly events! I find that our outings are most successful when I am able to pick a day or weekend that is flexible for people (not planning events around major holidays or during busy times of the year) and is local. I tend to keep all our events to the south-side/downtown Indianapolis area. So many of us staff are spread out all over the greater Indianapolis area that it really helps to keep things local! I also find that events are the most successful when people are in need to connect with others and are willing to encourage others who may not regularly attend events to come! Things also run a lot more smoothly when other staff volunteer to help me out with the details of my big ideas!
Thank you so much for taking time to read about one of my positions here at Cornerstone!
Wine and Canvas in Greenwood.