Remembering Our Fallen is a photographic war memorial that honors our country’s military who have fallen from The War on Terror since September 11, 2001. Unlike brick and mortar memorials, Remembering Our Fallen is designed to travel and includes both military and personal photos honoring the men and women who lost their lives for our country.
The memorial was created by Bill and Evonne Williams. The Williams’ hope was to honor the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, to provide comfort to friends and family of our fallen and to remind others of the tremendous cost paid by some. The inspiration for this project came from a story in the Omaha World-Herald about a father whose pain and grief were even greater four years after his son had died in Iraq because he felt his son had been forgotten…and the war was not even over.
To that end, Bill and Evonne decided to do something about it. In November 2010, with the backing of the Omaha World-Herald newspaper and financial support of several sponsors, including Bellevue University, Bill and Evonne created the traveling photo memorial. This memorial included photos of the fallen who had died since September 11, 2001, and called Nebraska home. Over the next few years the Williams decided to create memorials for other states as well.
After completing 19 state memorials, the focus shifted to one National Memorial to encompass the fallen from across the country. This national memorial was unveiled in September 2017 at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., and continues to tour the nation (schedule here), giving Americans across the country the opportunity to honor our fallen.
The National Remembering Our Fallen is scheduled at the Indiana State Fair from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on August 2 through August 11. This is the first time that the national exhibit has been in Indiana. Visitors will help fulfill the purpose of the exhibit in that a Gold Star’s family eternal hope is that their loved ones will never be forgotten.
Indiana Remembering Our Fallen
In the Spring of 2015, the Williams sought to find a host for the Remembering Our Fallen from Indiana. Easterseals Crossroads Veteran Services stepped in and has been honored to host the Indiana exhibit and tour with it.
The Indiana Remembering Our Fallen can be scheduled within our state for display. Buzz Smith, who manages the display, can deliver, set up and take down the indoor display.
“Our hope for the Indiana exhibit is that people will never take their freedom for granted and know that they are being protected at all costs. Hoosiers should feel safer knowing that there are many more of these heroes all around the world that have given up everything so that we can feel safe at home,” said Buzz.
Easterseals Crossroads helps veterans in our community who are battling housing issues and reintegration back into the workforce. By hosting this memorial, Easterseals Crossroads is also supporting the families of our heroes. It is important that our veteran families know that we remember and we are here to help.
Career Expo 2019 is the place to meet representatives from businesses in our community and discuss potential job opportunities. You must be a job seeker with a disability to attend Career Expo and you must register to attend.
Easterseals Crossroads has partnered with the State of Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Help the World Foundation and Sycamore Services to bring employers and qualified candidates together for our sixth, one-day career event. Registration is still open for businesses in our community to attend.
Easterseals Crossroads is excited to be part of Walking for Dreams on Sunday, May 19 – a 5K Family and Pet Walk that was created to help nonprofit organizations raise funds to serve individuals in our community. The event takes place downtown on the canal at Buggs Temple (11th and Senate Avenue, Indianapolis.
Local organizations share the day in this joint fundraiser organized under Walking for Dreams. Walkers of all ages will join together to support their special organization by raising pledges and participating.
JOIN THE FUN
Register and make your initial donation of $35 (for individual) or $75 (family of up to two adults and all children under 22). Your registration fee is considered a donation; we ask that everyone make this initial donation at the time of registration.
Create or join a team and ask your family and friends to donate. You can also collect offline donations. Cash and checks (payable to Easterseals Crossroads) may be sent to Easterseals Crossroads, Attn: AnneMarie Chambers/WFD19, 4740 Kingsway Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46205.
Join us on Sunday, May 19, with your friends, your family, your pet, your coworkers or by yourself to walk the canal in this 5K event. Walk, have fun and support Easterseals Crossroads on what we know will be a beautiful day in downtown Indianapolis!
We ask that all registration (donation) fees are paid before the walk begins on Sunday, May 19. All monies will be accepted onsite at the Easterseals Crossroads check-in table. Cash, check (made payable to Easterseals Crossroads) and credit card payments will be accepted.
All donations and money raised for Easterseals Crossroads will go toward helping thousands of families living with disability in central Indiana. This means that YOU could be helping individuals receive life-changing and vital services to live more independent lives.
For the past several years, Sertoma Club of North Downtown Indianapolis has sold florist quality roses for Valentine’s Day to benefit Easterseals Crossroads. Once again, they will continue this fundraiser on our behalf.
The roses are absolutely beautiful and the best part is that people can preorder and then pick them up at Easterseals Crossroads on Valentine’s Day from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Easterseals Crossroads is located at 4740 Kingsway Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46205.
One dozen roses boxed with greenery at $48; one half dozen roses in a vase with greenery are $30; and a spray of three roses in a vase with greenery are $18.
Orders can be placed online at Sertoma Club of North Downtown Indianapolis’ website. You can also call the club’s president Patricia Schafer at 317.289.8201 to place an order, ask about delivery or ask any other questions you might have. Be sure to order soon; they will sell out! A Sertoma member will contact individuals after orders are placed to confirm the order.
Northside Knights of Columbus | 2100 E. 71st Street | Indianapolis, IN 6:30 p.m. Dinner | 7:15 p.m. Bingo | Special Bingo License 148148
Our very popular Bingo Bonanza is returning again this year on February 22, 2019. Presented by our partner, Century 21 Scheetz, the event promises to be another fantastic evening of fun, bingo, food and prizes for a great cause!
Tickets are $50 advance sale only & include 3 game cards for each of 7 games, buffet dinner & 2 drink tickets. There will be complimentary water & soda.
Due to charity gaming laws, tickets can only be purchased via cash or check. A limited amount of tickets are available; purchase early.
Our order form will be posted on our website on January 7; you can complete the form and mail your order in. To purchase event tickets via mail and check, please complete the form and send it to Easterseals Crossroads, Bingo Bonanza, 4740 Kingsway Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46205. We will call you to confirm your order and we can hold your tickets in Will Call for you. Please make checks payable to Easterseals Crossroads.
You can also visit our location to purchase tickets; please call AnneMarie Chambers at 317.466.1000 x2600 before February 21.
Amounts above $20 per Bingo Bonanza ticket are considered tax deductible as allowed by law.
About the Night
Have your group dress in favorite 80s movie-themed costumes; there will be a trophy! Think Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Top Gun, ET, Sixteen Candles — think 80s and go all out!
Doors open at 6 p.m. Large groups are encouraged to arrive early to ensure sitting together; groups of 10 or more can request reserved seats.
We will play 7 games of bingo for exciting prizes valued up to $1,000 per game. There will be all kinds of crazy contests in between games for added fun!
Our Easterseals Crossroads Annual Report 2018 continuation stories are now available. The
annual report referenced four individuals with whom we worked during the year.
Their stories are told in the following videos:
. . . Becoming Mobile
Erionna’s story focuses on how we are helping a 6-year-old in physical therapy. Kathleen Brinegar is working with Erionna and her family as she is making progress on sitting, holding her head up, standing and becoming mobile with her gait trainer.
. . . Figuring Things Out
Kayla is an 18-year-old intern at Project SEARCH East who works with Keith Fox in learning the skills she needs to obtain a position in the healthcare industry. The year-long program is assisting Kayla as she figures things out.
. . . Making Her Way
Samantha is a 25-year-old young woman who worked with our Employment Division to get her career going after she had an accident that caused a traumatic brain injury. Sam works at the Benjamin Harrison YMCA is she is truly making her way.
. . . Maintaining Independence
Scott is an individual who worked with Mary Follman in our Driver Evaluation and Training program to assist him with vehicle modifications. Scott was involved in an accident when he was 24 years old that resulted in paralysis from the waist down. Scott’s vehicle modifications are helping him in maintaining independence.
During October, we recognize the contributions of workers with disabilities during Disability Awareness Month, and we recognize the many businesses in our community who employ individuals with disabilities.
This year, staff members in our Employment Division have placed 118 individuals into permanent positions in 76 different companies and arranged 45 internships with community employers.
Employment Options for Individuals with Disabilities
At Easterseals Crossroads, our Employment Division staff members work with individuals with disabilities who are seeking meaningful employment opportunities. Our employment options can help prepare people to work to improve the quality of their lives and supply our community with highly-skilled job candidates.
Our staff can help individuals identify their employment goals and create a plan to meet these personal goals. We believe that each individual who wants to secure or maintain employment has unique needs. Whether you are looking for a professional, skilled, semi-skilled or entry level job, we will provide a flexible and creative solution to meet your specific needs, abilities and interests.
WE PROVIDE A WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES FOCUSED ON YOUR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS
We work closely with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to make sure your needs are met.
We provide services in the community to meet your needs.
Funding for services can be provided by Medicare, Medicaid, Veteran’s Administration, Vocational Rehabilitation, private insurance and private pay funding.
For Businesses seeking qualified job Candidates
We are dedicated to providing the best people to fill your employment opportunities. We are committed to matching your employment opportunities to our clients with the appropriate talents, abilities, skills and interests to assist your company in achieving your goals.
We gain a thorough understanding of the job demands of your open positions and have comprehensive knowledge of each job seeker’s skills and abilities. The result is a reduction in the risk associated with hiring.
Our qualified staff will work with you and your new employee to make certain transition into the new position is smooth. Additionally, long-term support is provided at no expense to ensure job retention and mutual satisfaction.
We offer pre-screened, qualified candidates dedicated to pursuing long-term careers – at no cost to you.
At all times, we have more than 250 applicants with a variety of skills and interests motivated to meet your needs.
We can help you contribute to the diversity within your work environment.
We are a leader in disability services- we offer support through on-the-job training and accommodations when needed.
We provide continued assistance when it is needed – again, at no cost to you.
The Indianapolis Public Library recently launched a Digital Indy collection that contains downloadable items – some of which date from 1853. This collection was made possible by a $1.8 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation to acquire and digitize more than 430,000 pages of Indianapolis Public School materials – the initial phase in the digitization project.
This arm of the project is part of a larger Lilly Endowment grant to also digitize histories of the Indianapolis Fire Department, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and Indianapolis Parks and Recreation Department. Completion of all aspects of the project will occur by 2020.
Scanning Partner – Crossroads Document Services
The undertaking of such a huge goal to bring to light portions of our city’s history is one that relies heavily on the ability to make these historical documents usable, downloadable and readable. Records that date back 160 years are not always in the best of shape and they tend to be very delicate and fragile.
Staff at Crossroads Document Services, a division of Easterseals Crossroads, can convert all types of media into digital format. The agency’s technology strengths are complemented by highly-skilled, detail-oriented employees who respectfully handle the media with which they work. Crossroads Document Services was selected as the scanning partner for this digitization project because of its ability to provide special consideration and respect for documents dating back 160 years.
“We are honored to be a partner in this project that will make so much of our city’s history available to our community. Our scanning capabilities have literally opened pages and pages of unseen documents relating to our city’s schools.
The majority of the scanning was done by individuals with disabilities at Crossroads Document Services where revenue supports programs for adults and children at Easterseals Crossroads. This partnership represents a full circle of community engagement, ” said Patrick Sandy, CEO/President of Easterseals Crossroads.
How to Access Information from Collection
The Indianapolis Public School collection is searchable and downloadable. Of potential interest to users of the site might be the daily school newspaper published by students at Shortridge High School. Graduates and former editors of the Daily Echo – the Shortridge newspaper – include former US Senator Richard Lugar and author and Hoosier native Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Issues of the Daily Echo date back to 1898 and include 10,844 issues. During 1939, Vonnegut was a reporter and page editor of the Daily Echo; the collection can be searched for documents that contain his name.
Samples of what users may find include this front page of the Daily Echo dated September 26, 1939, where Vonnegut was named chairman of the social committee.
The collection is an invaluable research tool for historians, educators, researchers, alumni and history buffs.
Crossroads Industrial Services has had a very busy year! From document scanning to pressure switch line acquisition to manufacturing to shipping, we are doing it all! We take great pride in the quality of our work and we appreciate our customers who allow us to fill their industrial needs.
Here is a rundown of what we have been up to:
We have expanded our workforce by more than 20% over the last year. Our workforce is the very heart of our business; our skilled employees produce top-quality work for our customers. Expanding our workforce means we are able to meet more needs in our community.
In the last year, we have shipped more than 53,000 pressure switches to customers all over the world. With the recent acquisition of the pressure switch product line from A.J. Antunes, we have brought about a dozen jobs to the area and have grown our presence in Indianapolis to have a more international impact.
Crossroads Document Services has scanned over 560,000 pages of historical records for the Indianapolis Public Library under a Lilly Endowment grant as part of the Digital Indy Project. The goal of this project is to preserve the history of Indianapolis as the City celebrates its bicentennial. The documents scanned include major collections from Indianapolis Public Schools, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indianapolis Fire Department, and the Department of Parks and Recreation. Although most images from these collections won’t be available online for several months, other collections can be viewed at www.digitalindy.org. (Search by the term Crossroads Document Services to see work done by CDS.)
We have manufactured and shipped more than 5,000 timeclocks for the Ultimate Software Group.
We have manufactured more than 2,000 Combat ID Panel Kits for the US Military in the past year.
During the past year, we have manufactured more than 140,000 animal carriers for an English based company, Envigo.
During May, we will begin manufacturing pressure switches specifically designed for the European and Asian markets.
Because of this increase in manufacturing, we will hire another 4-5 production employees for this manufacturing line. Again, expanding our workforce means we are able to meet more needs in our community.
Crossroads Industrial Services is a UL, FM, CE, ETL approved manufacturing location. Certifications are important to us and to our customers. We strive to maintain our credentialing to assure our customers that we are a top-quality manufacturing facility.
In April, we achieved ISO 9001-2015 registration. We consistently provide products and services that meet customer needs and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements; customer satisfaction is topmost in our efforts.
At Easterseals Crossroads, we incorporate art activities into our Adult Day program. Program participants really enjoy the process of working on individual and collective projects. There is often a great sense of teamwork that results in collaborative projects and our participants really enjoy the collective spirit.
Our staff enjoy experimenting with different mediums and different techniques to achieve varying results on projects. Often times, our program staff benefit from the expertise of interns and their skills sets.
Recently our Adult Day program staff and participants had the opportunity to work with Chloe Miers, an art education major at the University of Indianapolis, to create pieces of art to be used at our Celebrate Ability event. Staff and program participants (Tyler, Kathryn and Carolyn) had a wonderful experience and the project created some very special, unique pieces.
Painting is Chloe’s favorite medium because of its messy and experimental nature — something she loves!
Chloe was thrilled to work on this project with our Adult Day services artists; she observed happiness and joy from the participants during the process. She has worked as a volunteer previously with adults with disabilities and finds that these personal experiences have helped her build friendships and understand others more completely.
Chloe hopes to use her skills, talents and education for her long-term goals of having her own art, yoga and nature-based retreat center for children and adults, which would focus on environmental projects, therapeutic practices and workshops.
Tyler enjoys yoga, dancing and being with his friends. He plays guitar and loves going to church. Tyler has a fun-loving personality and sense of humor; he is story-teller and he loves spending time with his dog J’Ace. Tyler loves art and he loved working with Chloe, Amanda and Carolyn to create art for Celebrate Ability.
Carolyn always wants to “do her part” and she loves to color, draw and paint. She is a very organized person and she likes to clean her closet and get rid of old clothes (and habits). Carolyn is a good friend, a hard worker and she likes to be happy.
Carolyn says she likes to “tell it like it is,” and she really enjoyed working with Chloe to make this show for Celebrate Ability.
While at Easterseals Crossroads, Kathryn likes to hang out with friends, help others and make arts and crafts. She also volunteers sorting the mail and reading to others in the day program.
In the community, Kathryn enjoys going shopping, going to the library and doing crafts. She volunteers weekly at the local YMCA doing filing and at Robin Run Senior living center helping with laundry.