From the Executive Director

October 2018

This summer got off to a difficult start with the unexpected losses of Robert and Brandon. We had the privilege of serving Robert for 13 years and Brandon for 18 years.  The people we serve are our very reason for being. They become part of our family, as we, in some small way at least, become part of theirs. Losing three people (Jeff, Robert, Brandon) so close together in addition to losing our long-term direct care staff, Reggie, took a toll on our spirits.  We are, however, forever thankful for the opportunity to have known and cared for them for so many years.

We concluded our very successful Employee Giving Campaign in July, raising close to $10,000. The “Superhero Theme” continued through DSP appreciation week, September 9-15 and into this year’s picnic. We are so grateful to have such wonderful staff and hope our appreciation is felt. Congratulations to our Star Staff nominees and winners. GRS staff are simply awesome!

GRS welcomed three new individuals this fall. Angel Baughman joined Forestbrook and Dale Picklesimer moved into Franklin in September of this year. Franklin also welcomed DeDe Hofmann in October. GRS welcomes you!

We have some exciting events coming up, including our Annual Holiday Ball on December 13th so be sure to save the date.

GRS is excited to observe I/DD (Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities) awareness month in March 2019 by being the non-profit of the night at the Charlotte Hornets game on March 8th. The is a wonderful opportunity to share information about GRS and I/DD, while having a great time at the Spectrum Arena cheering on the Hornets.  Ticket prices include a behind the scenes fan experience and a free t-shirt. Tickets can be purchased at https://groupmatics.events/s/other/Gastonresidential. Help us spread the word and our website.  I know we can count on your support.  Ask any GRS administrative staff if you need any assistance with purchasing your tickets.  They make an especially festive holiday or birthday gift.

And though it seems summer’s hot temperatures are reluctant to leave us, fall is here.  GRS is ready for the leaves to change and our traditional fall dance on Halloween to kick off our holidays.  I wish each of you a fantastic fall. 

Darlene