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Welcome to Imagine!

Our mission is to empower people with developmental disabilities through service and advocacy. Imagine is a non-profit 501C3 organization providing Supported Living Services to adults with developmental disabilities living in Santa Cruz County. We also have a Resource Lending Library full of assistive products, communication devices and informational materials to share with the greater community!

Want to learn more about Imagine? Check out the films we made about our services at our video page.

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For Imagine Staff – Urgent, Please Read!

A quick but important note to all Imagine Employees. On Monday, a Federal Judge in Washington D.C. ruled against the U.S. Department of Labor’s decision to remove the Domestic Caregiver exemption from the Fair Labor Standards Act.  The decision may be appealed and may be stayed, so the labor rules beginning this coming Sunday are very much not clear.

Imagine management has made the following decision as an interim step while the result remains unclear.

The separation of IHSS from SLS hours will continue as we planned.

New schedules designed around the FLSA will be implemented January 1, as planned.

New policies governing substitutions, coverage and limiting hours worked will be delayed until further notice.  However, we will only pay overtime premiums (at the time-and-a-half rate) if it becomes clear that the law requires us to do so.

We want you to be clear that if you are asked to cover extra shifts you should only choose to if you are willing to work those hours at the straight pay rate.

Another note, for anyone providing IHSS services to anyone: The new law enabling the changes to IHSS which you have been warned of and trained to was worded to go into effect only when the Department of Labor rule came into effect.  It should be safe to follow the procedures you have been trained as of January 1 but we will try to get answers as soon as possible and make those available through Facebook.

As ever, if you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact me

Sincerely yours,

Doug Pascover
Executive Director

 

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Mandatory All Staff Meeting – Wednesday December 3rd.

2:30 -2:45       Welcome- FLSA-overtime information: Doug Pascover
2:45 -3:05        Question an answer time
3:05 – 3:15      IHSS- Julie Ross
3:15 – 3:45      Question and Answer Period
3:45 – 3:50      Announce comprehensive company survey: Doug Pascover
3:55 – 4:-00     Human Race announcement: Briya Serrano
4:00-4:20         Staff Recognition:  Consumers via Charlie
4:20 – 4:30      Employee Recognition:  

ALL Staff Flyer 2014

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Direct Support Professional Week!

September 7th thru 13th  is National Direct Support Professionals week. While the nation celebrates you this week, Imagine’s management comes to work all year around in hopes of being worthy of the professional caregivers at Imagine.  If you are one of the people who add directly to the quality of life of the people we serve, we want you to know that you give everyone else’s work for this agency meaning. Without our direct support staff, the people we serve would receive little of value from everything else that goes on here and Imagine would be an average nonprofit.

Our Direct Support staff make Imagine worth funding, running, respecting and supporting. Thank you for answering the call.

 

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Rest in Peace

It is with great sadness and in gratitude for the gift of Myrna Perez that we must report that she passed away today, August 15th, 2014.  Myrna was diagnosed recently with cancer.   She passed peacefully, surrounded by people who love her.

In the days to come, much more will be said about Myrna and a memorial will be arranged. We will post details as we have them about the memorial.  For now, just know that although she was taken from us much too soon, her spirit lives on, in our hearts and memories.

We know many in the community are grieving with us.

Myrna, rest in peace and thank you.

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