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New Website

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I thought that it was time for a major revamping of the website, so here it is. I am still tweaking it a little, but I hope that y’all like it. The website has been hosted for awhile on, and it continues to be. I am not too happy with the pageloading speed, though. I’ll see about moving the host if it continues.

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Good News/Bad News

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Today we learned that the DMH has increased our funding for Personal Care Hours.  This is great news as it will allow us to increase the number of hours covered at Colin’s Castle.  It is bad news in that the people who work for us will not get the greatest hourly wage.  We need to be allocated the equivalent dollars so that we can self direct and self manage the funds.  With self direction we would be able to pay our employees a better wage.  The reasoning is simple:  if you pay more you are more likely to get people who are loyal; you can attract better educated people.  Many times in the news you hear of group home workers or mental health workers who abuse and neglect their developmentally delayed clients, and if you look into who these people are, they most likely are people making minimum wage or transient workers.  We don’t want that for Colin.  We want people who will take care of him and love him and respect him, and stay with us for a long time,  It is really difficult to find people like that for minimum wage.  

We are thrilled to learn of the increase in funding, and now are scrambling to come up with a plan.  We will start to house Colin at Colin’s Castle several nights a week as well as every weekday.  We will need to find another employee to cover some of the hours.  And we will continue to work on obtaining more control over how the money is spent.  For now though, it is a major step ahead towards the eventual plan for Colin and Colin’s Castle.

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Inaugural Board Meeting

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Last night we had the Inaugural meeting of the Board of Colin’s Castle, Inc.  Pat and I are deeply indebted to these fine people who have volunteered their time and given up of themselves to help us with this venture.

We had an efficient meeting, electing officers, approving documents and policies, and generally just chatting about the Microboard.

Pat made a great Lasagna and others brought goodies and we had a great meal together.  Keith came as well as our daughter Kara, and of course Colin was there.

We are a legal Alabama Non-Profit entity with a board ready to fight with the Alabama Department of Mental Health to allow us to  make this happen.

Photos HERE

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Storm Shelter Installed Today

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Monday, October 10, 2011

The storm shelter was installed today.  I am impressed, they did a great job.  Mike Smith and his worker showed up at 06:30 and immediately got to work, first measuring out on the floor, then cutting the concrete, then digging the hole.  After the hole was dug then dropped the shelter in, leveled it out, and brought in the concrete truck.  An hour later, they were done and gone by about 11:30.  Check out the pictures on facebook.  It is supposed to hold 8 to 12 but I would say that 6 – 8 would be comfortable.  I am very pleased and Colin was excited too.

See Photos HERE

Board meeting tomorrow nite.

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Paul’s work begins on Colin’s bed

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I am struck by the overwhelming generosity of Paul Siciliano (Olde World Woodwork).  Paul has always had the highest respect for Colin’s dignity.  Some people just are not comfortable around people like Colin, but Paul always has been.  And Colin has “Radar” for those around him who are not accepting of his place in this world.  The first time I met Paul, he had just landed in a helicopter in my yard at the beach.  He came up onto my deck to ask me if I minded if he was dropped off in my yard.  I explained to him about Colin and how loud noises affect him and that he may be unpredictable around the helicopter.  He understood right away.  From that point on he always went out of his way to greet Colin, give him a high five.  He always asks how Colin is doing.

Pat and I have always appreciated the way that Paul has treated Colin , but have never told him.  Paul, thank you.

I am deeply touched and appreciate this labor of love that Paul is putting into building Colin a bed for Colin’s Castle.

See Photos of progress HERE

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