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  1. PROGRESS IS WONDERFUL

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    It is always bittersweet when our residents move on to other places. Recently, a wonderful woman (I’ll call her “Jane”), transitioned out of one of our homes and into an independent living apartment. Jane first came to us in the spring of 2011. At that stage in her life, she was struggling with the symptoms of mental illness and needed the structure, supervision, and support that a residential placement afforded. She was also coming to terms with the fact that she was no longer capable of safely being as independent as she had been. As Jane participated in our program, her outlook improved and her independence and empowerment grew.

    At the end of 2012, she moved into our Level III home, which affords residents greater independence in their daily lives and increases the responsibilities that are asked of them. She thrived in this environment, building relationships with her peers, seeking out volunteer opportunities in the community, and developing her life skills.

    About two months ago, a collective decision was made that Jane was ready for more. More independence. More responsibility. More living. She had successfully moved through the levels of care that Orion offers, and reached the point that she no longer needed the intensive behavioral health treatment that we provide. Our executives, staff and residents are sad to see Jane go. But we are also proud of all that she has accomplished, and hold her up as an example to our future residents, of the growth and change that is possible through patience, participation and persistence.

  2. ORION RESIDENTS PARTICPATE IN SPECIAL OLYMPICS

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    On February 21st, residents of Orion’s Remuda House participated in the Special Olympics state basketball tournament at Higley High School in Gilbert. Their team, the Peoria Wildcats, won second place in the competition.

    Orion residents have participated in track & field, soccer, softball, basketball and flag football through the Special Olympics in the last few years. Special Olympics is a tremendous opportunity for our residents to show what they can do. By pushing their limits and working as a team, they are able to achieve great things. The joy, confidence and sense of empowerment our residents gain from this experience is immeasurable, and helps them in so many other areas of their life off the playing field. They are also able to meet others who face challenges similar to their own, and create a community of friendship and support. Participants are able to take their experiences and achievements in Special Olympics and translate those into greater opportunities in their life.

  3. ORION IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE OPENING OF OUR NEWEST HOME

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    Orion Homes is pleased to announce to opening of our newest home, on 39th Drive in North Phoenix. Licensed as a Behavioral Health Residential Facility for 10 residents, we envision this home as a community of adult men, ages 40-75. This home’s exceptional staff of Behavioral Health Technicians, Behavioral Health Paraprofessionals and Certified Caregivers are led by House Manager Max Polasko (MS, Clinical Psychology) and Clinical Director Tawny Meyers (LPC, LISAC).

    This freshly remodeled, 2300 sqft home features 4 private and 3 semi-private bedrooms. Every aspect of the home has been transformed to accommodate our resident’s needs, including:

    • Wider bedroom doors to accommodate motorized wheelchairs.
    • Handicapped accessible restroom, including multiple grab bars, roll-in shower, and pedestal sink.
    • Tile flooring throughout to enable easier ambulation and rolling of wheelchairs and walkers.
    • Live-monitored smoke and heat detectors and automatic fire suppression sprinkler system.

    This home will allow us to further expand the range of services we are able to offer and the residents we are able to serve, and will maintain Orion’s high standards as Arizona’s leader in community-based residential behavioral healthcare.

  4. ORION DONATES TO “HOMES FOR HEROES” CHARITY EVENT

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    On October 4th, Homes for Heroes hosted a charity event at the Outlets at Anthem in Anthem, AZ. Orion Homes donated a wine and cheese gift basket which became the Grand Prize in the event’s raffle. The event raised thousands of dollars for Arizona’s veterans and public safety officers.

    Homes for Heroes is a tremendous organization that helps military personnel, firefighters and law enforcement officers purchase homes. Since 2001, Homes for Heroes has helped these men and women save more than $8.8 million on the purchase or refinancing of their homes through rebates and down payment assistance.

    We all owe a debt of gratitude to our men and women in uniform, and their families, who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedom and way of life. There are more than 50,000 homeless veterans in the United States, and many of these men and women are struggling with mental illness or chronic substance abuse. It is estimated that since 2001, more than 700,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have suffered from these so-called invisible injuries of combat, such as Major Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). These injuries can be just as debilitating as physical injuries, but because they can’t readily be seen, veterans often struggle to access the support and services that they need. At Orion, we are proud to do our part to help these veterans through our comprehensive residential behavioral healthcare services.