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Medina Creative housing to host fundraiser,"Raising the Roof" March 23

Medina Creative Housing is inviting the community to the seventh annual “Raising the Roof” dinner and entertainment event March 23 at Weymouth County Club. A VIP reception including wine and beer tasting for sponsorships $500 and up will be held from 5-6 p.m. and the main event will be held from 6-11 p.m.

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While owner's away, pets can play at unique new Medina facility: What's Brewing

If I were a dog who had to be caged all day while my master and mistress went to work, I would want to spend at least some of my days at Medina Creative Pet Play — “a unique full service doggy daycare experience.”

I base this opinion on the open house I attended on Feb. 12 at the 3,000-square-foot facility at 4080 Creative Living Way.

The large building holds a Day Care Resort and Spa where dogs can have full-service grooming including “pawdicures” and baths by appointment, a water play area, a pet photography studio, valet service so humans never have to get out of their cars, accommodations for special needs dogs, and a gift shop that features treats made in part from lettuce grown at Medina Creative Produce. A large fenced play area will be completed when weather permits.

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Medina council finds favor with Creative Housing proposal

Medina City Council members were receptive to a proposal from Medina Creative Housing to open a cafe, bike rental and gift shop at the city-owned property at 406 S. Broadway St.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to collaborate,” Council President John Coyne said.

Medina Creative Housing is a nonprofit organization that provides housing and employment to people with disabilities. The group already operates a variety of enterprises, including coffee roasting, lettuce growing, property maintenance and most recently — a dog day care and grooming service.

Councilman Paul Rose, at large, said, “You’re providing meaningful employment to folks who may not have it and that’s a beautiful thing.”

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Nonprofit hopes to rehab old barn, house in Medina

Medina Creative Housing wants to restore a city-owned house and dilapidated barn into a gift shop, snack shop, cafe and bike rental.

The proposal is on the agenda of City Council’s Finance Committee meeting tonight.

Medina Creative Housing is a nonprofit that provides housing and employment to people with disabilities. The group already operates a variety of enterprises, including coffee roasting, lettuce growing, property maintenance and most recently a dog day care and grooming service.

Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty, executive director of Medina Creative Housing, is enthusiastic about cooperating with the city on the project.

“We’re excited about the potential partnership and look forward to discussing it,” DePasquale-Hagerty said Sunday.

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Medina Creative Pet Play Ribbon Cutting and Open House

Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty and her dynamic Creative Housing team have done it again. On February 12, crowds of well-wishers, many with their pets, filled the newly opened Medina Creative Pet Play/Doggie Day Care and Spa at 4080 Creative Living Way in Medina (near GFS and Home Depot), celebrating the addition of one more program to an already impressive array of programs designed to enhance the lives of people with disabilities while providing useful service to the community.

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Medina Creative Housing opens Creative Pet Play

Medina Creative Housing's newest project, Creative Pet Play, is now open to the public.

The full-service doggie day care located at 4080 Creative Living Way in Medina offers pet care, pet training, pet photography, spa services, treat production and retail sales. It also has a low dog caregiver to pet ratio, valet service, a grand boutique. Reservations are preferred by walk-ins are welcome.

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Medina Creative Pet Play Opens Newest Employment Enclave

There were more than few howls of delight as pets and their favorite people celebrated the opening of Medina Creative Pet Play, Feb. 12, in Medina, Ohio.

The full-service doggy daycare and spa is the newest employment enclave developed by Medina Creative Housing for their residents with disabilities. Finance Fund’s $100,000 economic development grant helped fund construction of the 3,000 sq. ft. facility. The crowd of well-wishers included Medina County Commissioner Pat Geissman and Trustee Ken DeMichael.

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Creative Pet Play hosts ribbon-cutting in Medina today at 1 p.m.

Medina Creative Housing is celebrating its grand opening of its newest venture, Medina Creative Pet Play today from 1-6 p.m. All pets and their people are welcome to enjoy light refreshments and a tour of the new facility. It's located at 4080 Creative Living Way, next to Home Depot and GFS.

The full service doggie daycare supports individuals with disabilities through its supportive employment work training program.

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Finance Fund Awards $100,000 to Build Medina Creative Pet Play

A doggy spa and daycare facility opened at Medina Creative Housing, LLC (MCH) today, thanks in part to a $100,000 economic development grant from Finance Fund, a statewide financial intermediary that links communities in need with public and private sources of capital.

Today's ribbon cutting ceremony and open house welcomed "pets and their people" to tour the pet palace, located at 4080 Creative Living Way. The new 3,000 sq. ft. Medina Creative Pet Play facility will employ 12 MCH residents with disabilities and offer a doggy daycare, spa and pet photography studio. In addition, doting dog owners can visit the facility's doggy boutique to buy pet clothes, furniture and Creative Canine Cookie doggie biscuits. During construction, the new facility provided jobs and work experience to MCH's property maintenance/construction vocational training and Supportive Employment Enclave workers who worked alongside skilled construction professionals.

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Armstrong Local Programming: What's Up Medina - Creative Housing

Exploring all things uplifting and positive in Medina County, Roy and Sarah talk with Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty, the executive director of Medina Creative Housing. In this clip they take a tour of their homes and get to see some of the fund raising products they make including butter bib lettuce and coffee.

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Pet Paradise: Spa & Daycare Opens

Amy Yeigh squealed when they got out the scissors.

Amy, along with dozens of others in the community, celebrated the ribbon cutting and official opening of Medina Creative Pet Play, a pet spa and daycare.

“I always loved animals and it’s something fun,” she said. “It’s a place where dogs can play and they get cared for.”

Amy, 35, will now work at the center, which employs individuals with disabilities, just like her. The staff has spent the past several months training for the big day.

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Medina Creative Housing to open a new doggie day care

A ribbon-cutting and open house beginning at noon Feb. 12 will give pets an opportunity to bring their people to check out Medina’s newest doggie daycare.

Medina Creative Housing’s Creative Pet Play is located at 4080 Creative Living Way in Medina. It will soon provide full-service daycare for pooches including pet care, training, photography, services, treat production and retail sales.

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Medina Agency to Add Doggie Day-care Business

It's not all about the lettuce, but the vegetable represents the innovation that has been a big part of Medina Creative Housing's success as a nationally recognized agency that helps hundreds of individuals with disabilities live independently.

Medina Creative Produce, one of the agency's programs, is run by clients who grow vegetables in a hydroponic greenhouse and sell them to area businesses, grocery stores and schools. The program's clients, who earn salaries from the sales, have developed one of the agency's most popular products: Creative Canine Cookies, made with butter bib lettuce.

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Medina Creative Housing expands offerings around Medina County

Medina Creative Housing has been building, expanding and integrating all over Medina County.

The non-profit organization, which serves individuals with a broad range of disabilities, built a workshop and added storage space in Medina Township, a doggie day care in Medina and plans on building a horse stall and arena in Lafayette Township.

“Medina Creative Housing was a grassroots parents organization formed by parents who had a concern for their children and others having housing opportunities,” explained executive director Dianne DePasqualie-Hagerty. “They formed a non-profit and tried to develop homes as best they could. At a certain point it became overwhelming for them. I was hired as director. We really tried to start meeting the needs in the county.”

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Keller Williams helps Medina Creative Housing

Keller Williams Realty is helping Medina Creative Housing provide therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with disabilities. On Dec. 8 the company hosted a Holiday Cookie Walk and Christmas Bazaar at the office.

Executive Director of Medina Creative Housing Diane DePasquale-Hagerty said this is the second year the company has sponsored the event along with Elaine Orlandi, a community advocate and volunteer for individuals with disabilities.

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Holiday Cookie Walk and Christmas Bazaar: Proceeds Benefit Medina Creative Housing Therapeutic Ranch

Keller Williams Realty Tri-County Properties is hosting a Cookie Walk and Christmas Bazaar at their office location on December 8 from 9:00am-12:00pm. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Medina Creative Housing’s Therapeutic Horseback Riding Ranch – Medina Creative Therapy Ranch.

There will be homemade cookies, Christmas décor and gifts for sale and a silent auction at the Cookie Walk and Christmas Bazaar. Special guests Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will also be at the event for children to visit and get their pictures taken, so be sure to bring your cameras!

Medina Creative Therapy Ranch (MCTR) offers therapeutic horseback riding for individuals with disabilities. MCTR has a brand new location at 3607 Marks Road, Medina. This program was offered to Medina Creative Housing (MCH) campers as part of the Life Steps Summer Camp, and is now open for individual and group therapeutic horseback riding sessions.

The therapy instructor, Jennifer Stankiewicz, is certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH). Jennifer has been a certified instructor for over seven years and utilizes horses to help enhance participants riding skills, motor control, postural control, balance, teamwork and independence. Therapeutic horseback riding allows riders to acquire the ability to control a horse as well as their own body, inspiring self-confidence and responsibility.

If you are interested in donating items for this event, Medina Creative Housing is in need of: homemade Christmas cookies (sold by the pound), items to sell at the Christmas Bazaar and gift baskets for a silent auction. All donations can be dropped off at the Keller Williams Office located at 2425 Medina Road, Medina, or at Medina Creative Housing located at 1120 N. Huntington Street, Medina. We ask that cookies be dropped off on December 7.



Medina Creative Housing director wins Agent of Change Award

Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty was the recipient of the American Association of University Women 2012 Agent of Change Award at a recognition luncheon held Nov. 15 at Rustic Hills Country Club.

DePasquale-Hagerty became executive director of Medina Creative Housing in 2003, and since then she has not only changed public awareness of people with disabilities, she has changed those who have disabilities by giving them hope, opportunities and independence.

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Medina Agent of Change hailed for career advocating for disabled

The Medina AAUW Chapter chose Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty to honor this year as its "Agent of Change" Nov. 15 at the Rustic Hills Country Club.

Dorothy Ulich introduced the honoree and said that DePasquale-Hagerty has the ability to understand people; she has passion and a vision; she can empathize; she looks for ways to improve each individual life of her disabled clients by providing a community of support.

DePasquale-Hagerty spoke about her 8½ years as Executive Director of Creative Housing. She said she was drawn to the job because she has an autistic nephew and a brother with disabilities from a car accident. She left her former career in law to join Creative Housing — a fledgling non-profit with lofty goals. She found that "individuals with disabilities wanted the same things we all do..."

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Donate $50 - Receive $200 - $400 OFF Select Recliners at Maibach's Home Furnishings

Maibach's Home Furnishings is partnering with Medina Creative Housing for their annual Stressless Charity Event. For a limited time, when you donate $50 to Medina Creative Housing you will receive $200 OFF the purchase price of a Stressless recliner or $400 OFF the purchase of select Eagle or Wing recliners.

Stressless living is the perfect combination of comfort, function and style. The patented Plus system provides you with optimum head and lumbar support in any position, while the Glide system keeps your body in perfect balance. Give yourself the ultimate gift of comfort and see why charity begins at home.



AAUW Agent of Change Award

Every two years since 2002, Medina County Branch of the American Association of University Women has recognized outstanding women who have made significant contributions to our community and been "Agents for Positive Change" in Medina County on behalf of women and children.

On November 15, at Rustic Hills Country Club, Medina Creative Housing Executive Director Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty, nomintated by Virginia Jeandrevin and Beth Lawton, received the esteemed award given to one who "has consistently and effectively used resources, talents and influence to help women and/or children to achieve their potential, accomplished positive change for women and/or children statewide or beyond, and been a community volunteer or a professional whose achievements went beyond the requirements of the position."

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Local woman honored for housing the disabled

Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty said she gets an award every day.

"My daily award comes in the form of hugs that I receive throughout every day, and the privilege of touching so many lives," she said Thursday.

DePasquale-Hagerty, a Medina resident, is the executive director of Medina Creative Housing, a nonprofit organization that provides housing and services to people with disabilities.

She received the 2012 Agent of Change award from the American Association of University Women, Medina County branch. The award recognizes someone who has made positive change in the county on behalf of women or children. It was presented during a luncheon at the Rustic Hills Country Club.

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MCH Houses Connect Developmentally Disabled with American Dream

Twenty years ago several parents of developmentally disabled children were concerned about the unlikely possibility that their children would be able to live out the American dream. The parents grouped together and decided to change the probability to their children's favor by creating Medina Creative Housing.

MCH is dedicated to helping those who are developmentally disabled to live independently in a house that is their own while also being affordable and located within a safe environment.

"A lot of people mistake the type of living we do. It's independent living with supports. We don't do group homes," said Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty, MCH executive director.

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MCH Director is Honored Agent

Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty will be the recipient of the AAUW Agent of Change Award at a recognition luncheon at noon November 15 at Rustic Hills Country Club, 5399 River Styx Road, Medina. The Honorable Alice Batchelder, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, will serve as keynote speaker.

The event is open to the public by reservation. Reservation deadline is November 1. Cost is $22 per person and check should be written to AAUW Medina Branch with the notation "Agent of Change" in the memo space. Send checks to Debbie Bock, 955 Wimbleton Dr., Medina, Ohio 44256.

Doors open at 11:30am; the luncheon begins at noon.

Depasquale-Hagerty became executive director of Medina Creative Housing in 2003. Since then she has not only changed public awareness of people with disabilities, she has also change those who have disabilities by giving them hope, opportunities, and independence. The non-profit Creative Housing recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with a dedication of its newest garden-style apartments designed for people with disabilities. In the past five years, this Agent of Change has received more than $4 million in government grants, which has expanded housing and services.

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Medina Creative Housing Marks a Milestone

A little rain didn't dampen the 20th anniversary celebration of Medina Creative Housing which is used to dealing with adversity.

"Dealing with challenges is what we do," said Dianne DePasquale Hagerty, executive director of the nonprofit agency which helps people overcome their disabilities and live independently. "We run into closed doors and find a way to open them. People say there are things you just can't do and we do them."

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Medina Creative Housing Marks 20 Years

Talk about a birthday present.

Medina Creative Housing celebrated its 20th anniversary last week with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for four new apartment units and its third annual Independence Walk.

"Creative Housing was started by parents concerned with those in their family with developmental disabilities," said Dr. Mike Carlson, board president. "They wanted to create an environment where they could live independently of their families. Since then, it's really grown. There's a waiting list of 150 people. Diane DePasquale-Hagerty (executive director) has energy, passion and enthusiasm and she's really the one who has gotten us to where we are. She has a passion that's boundless. I have no doubt we'll continue to grow."

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Community service isn't only common thread of two Medina area events: What's Brewing

The previous evening, I had a great time at Medina Creative Housing's 20th Anniversary Celebration. We joined other guests at the corner of Reagan Parkway and North Huntington Street for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the soon-to-open housing unit for six residents. Despite a dreary, drizzly afternoon, hundreds of supporters showed up to hear the story of 20 years of successful and loving service to disabled county residents.

The first speaker was Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty, Executive Director of Medina Creative Housing. Under her guidance, Creative Housing offers homes for 70 residents with a waiting list of over 100. The program also offers job training and employment to residents. I often purchase the hydroponic lettuce grown by Creative Housing clients — they grow and market 800 heads a week. Creative housing offers a therapeutic horseback riding program in cooperation with the county park system. They will soon open a Doggie Day Care center that will be staffed by residents.

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Medina Creative Housing Celebrates 20 Year Milestone

The festivities began on Creative Living Way where several individuals offered comments about the journey MCH has taken, among them Carlson, Historical Board member Terry Isaac, family members Robert Tittel, Jerry Lemons, Rhonda Wilt and Shelly Doering, Commissioner Pat Geissman, Department of Developmental Disabilities John Martin, State Senator Larry Obhof, Chief Program Officer/Finance Fund Moniqua Spencer, Congressman Jim Renacci, and Medina County Board of DD Chair Julie Boyle.

All extended congratulations on the continuing accomplishments of MCH, expressed gratitude for the services it performs, and gave glowing examples of the difference it has made to the individuals it serves as well as in the community. MCH has brought in millions of dollars in grant money to this county, and is a recognized model for the entire country.

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Apartment Complex Opens For People With Disabilities

Rain didn't dampen the celebration Wednesday for Medina County's newest apartments for people with disabilities.

"A little rain, a lack of a few tents, lack of a microphone doesn't bother us," said Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty, executive director of Medina Creative Housing. "We rise to the occasion."

Medina Creative Housing celebrated its 20th anniversary with a ribbon-cutting for four new apartments on Creative Living Way, which is off Grande Boulevard.

The event included a half-mile Independent Walk from the apartment units on Creative Living Way to housing units on North Huntington Street in Medina city.

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Medina Creative Housing Celebrates 20 Years of Service (1992-2012)

Medina Creative Housing ("MCH") has reached another milestone, 20 years of service (1992-2012) to Medina County residents with disabilities and the Medina County Community. MCH will be hosting a 20th Year Anniversary & Celebration of Accomplishments Event on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 4:00-7:00 pm at 4100 Creative Living Way (next to GFS & Home Depot on Grand Blvd.) This special event will combine its 20th Year Anniversary Celebration with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for four new apartment units, and our 3rd Annual Independence Walk. There will be a barbeque, live music and plenty of activities for adults, kids and pets. The community is invited to join Medina Creative Housing in celebration of its past, present, and promising future.

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Commissioners Sponsor Grant Application For Therapy Ranch

Medina Creative Housing plans to develop a therapeutic riding center and life skills training center in Medina with a little help from the county.

County commissioners have lent their endorsement to the project by agreeing to sponsor a $200,000 grant application for the project.

Sponsorship of the grant application will result in no financial obligation for the county but will help assure a favorable response to the application, according to the county's economic development director, Bethany Dentler, who described the proposal to county commissioners

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Horse Riding Therapy Seeks to Grow

Medina Creative Therapy Ranch (MCTR) is the new therapeutic horseback riding program provided by Medina Creative Accessibility (MCA). This program consists of an experienced PATH International Instructor that utilizes horses to help enhance participants riding skills, motor control, postural control, balance, teamwork and independence. Medina Creative Therapy Ranch began in April and provides private lessons and a summer camp twice a week for people with disabilities.

Medina Creative Housing is working with the Medina County Economic Development Corp. to apply for a $200,000 grant that would allow MCTR to build its own barn and expand its therapeutic horse-riding services, a project with a $400,000 price tag.

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MCH Volunteer Earns 2012 PATH Int'l Certified Professional of the Year Award

We are pleased to announce that our very own volunteer Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Claire List, has earned the 2012 PATH Int'l Certified Professional of the Year Award for our region. Claire was nominated in the Spring by staff, volunteers and rider families. She will be honored as a special guest at the PATH Int'l awards Banquet in Bellevue, WA on November 2, 2012. As region 4 winner, Claire is also a finalist of the 2012 National Certified Professional of the Year Award.

Claire joined the Achievement Centers for Children Therapeutic Riding Program as a volunteer in 2004. The energy and passion she witnessed encouraged her to achieve her certification as an instructor. Claire currently instructs four classes a week, including Medina Creative Therapy Ranch classes, and assists with volunteer training. Additionally Claire has shared her passion for horses with the special needs riders she works with, as she has served as a mentor to new instructors on numerous occasions.



Medina County Funds Award $7,000 to Medina Creative Housing

Two charitable funds serving Medina County awarded a combined $41,900 in grants on Friday, June 8, 2012. The Medina County Community Fund and the Medina County Women's Endowment Fund, both affiliates of Akron Community Foundation, issued grants to twenty-one nonprofits this year, bringing their total distributions to more than $450,000.

The Medina County Community Fund supports programs that improve the lives of all Medina County residents, while the Medina County Women's Endowment Fund specifically focuses on programs that address the needs of local women and children.

Medina Creative Housing received $6,000 from the Medina County Community Fund to develop a train-the-trainer program for our Medina Creative Pet Play Doggie Day Care Program. Additionally, the Medina County's Women's Endowment Fund gave Medina Creative Housing $1,000 to support Life Steps, a life skills training camp for youth and adults with disabilities.

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$65,000 Raised at 6th Annual Raising the Roof Event

On April 12, 2012, guests enjoyed delicious food and fare such as Lake Erie Perch, sliders, funnel cakes, salt water taffy and cotton candy from the Lake Erie islands at the 6th Annual Raising the Roof Charity Event held at Weymouth Country Club. Pat Dailey entertained us with his unique musical songs and humor, and we played several exciting games such as "Message In A Bottle" and "Catch a Fish." We would like to sincerely thank everyone who came out to support our event. We would also like to thank the countless number of volunteers who helped make this evening our largest and most successful event ever! Thank you for helping us raise $65,000 to fund our programs!



2012 Michael Berken Peace & Justice Award

Medina Creative Housing (MCH) proudly accepted the Michael Berken Peace & Justice Award on April 5, 2012 at the 25th Annual Blessed John Paul II, Proclaimer of Justice, Gala Dinner held at St. Ambrose in Brunswick. This award is presented by the Catholic Commission of Wayne, Ashland & Medina to individuals and organizations pursuing and advancing justice and peace in our local communities and beyond. Medina Creative Housing was this year's recipient of the Organization Award for creating opportunities and building hope for Medina County residents with disabilities.

The award was received by Medina Creative Housing's Executive Director, Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty, whose tireless efforts over the past eight years has dreamed and created the incredible array of service, training, housing, employment, and therapies offered at MCH. The Michael Berken Peace & Justice Award is a testament to Dianne's far-reaching vision and to her staff and the people with disabilities who give Medina Creative Housing its life purpose.

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13th Annual Commissioners' Charity Ball

Medina Creative Housing has been chosen by Medina County Commissioner Pat Geisman as one of the beneficiaries of the 13th Annual Commissioners' Ball. The Charity Ball's Primary mission is to enable local agencies to better serve those in the county who are in need, who face obstacles that impede their full participation in society, or assist in their educational development. Through your participation as an attendee, sponsor, or both, you will be providing the needed financial support in helping make a difference in the lives of Medina County residents. Click HERE for a copy of the sponsorship letter.



Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty Receives 2011 Pillar Award

This year, Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty is being honored as one of the "Rea & Associates Executive Directors of the Year" for her work at Medina Creative Housing. The Pillar Award is awarded to individuals dedicated to making Northeast Ohio a better place to live.

The December issue of Smart Business Cleveland featured The Medical Mutual Pillar Awards for Community Service as its cover story. To read the full story, click HERE.



Buy Your MCH Gift Basket in Time for Christmas!

It's not too late! There is still time to get your Medina Creative Housing Christmas Gift Basket. These variety of baskets are a great way to bring holiday cheer to your friends and family. Basket selections are as follow:

Java Joy Basket

1lb. of Medina Creative Coffee
2 Medina Creative Housing Signature Coffee Cups
Keepsake Candy Cane Box & Bow


Holiday Hope Basket

1lb. of Medina Creative Coffee
2 Medina Creative Housing Signature Coffee Cups
2 Bars of McJak Fudge
1 Box of Cookies
1 Package of Nuts
1 Godiva Chocolate/Peppermint Bar
Keepsake Candy Cane Box & Bow


Plenty of Peace Basket:

2 lbs. of Medina Creative Coffee
2 Medina Creative Housing Signature Coffee Cups
2 Medina Creative Housing Signature Travel Mugs
4 Bars of McJak Fudge
2 Boxes of Cookies
2 Packages of Nuts
2 A.I. Root Candles
1 Godiva Chocolate/Peppermint Bar
Keepsake Candy Cane Box & Bow


For more information or to order please call (330) 591-4434 or e-mail



Life Steps Christmas Camp

December 19th through 30th campers ages 8 and up will be able to enjoy seasonal crafts, games and field trips this holiday season. The life steps Christmas camp offers two weeks of learning experiences for campers with disabilities. The camp will run Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (extended hours are available if needed). Application deadline is November 30 with a limited number of camper slots available and they will be given out on a first come first serve basis. Camp rates are $250 per week or day spots are available for $50. Please call Sharon Biggins to reserve a spot at the 2011 Life Steps Christmas Camp. (330) 591-4434



Medina Creative Living III Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On October 17, New residents, The Medina Creative Housing Board of Trustees, State Representatives and members of the community gathered to celebrate the opening of Medina Creative Living III. Congressman, Jim Renacci, State Senator, Larry Obhof and Director of Multifamily Program Cleveland, Pam Ashby were among those who were there to congratulate Medina Creative Housing on this monumental day. All three guests spoke on the importance this latest achievement and the impact that independent living has on the lives of individuals with disabilities. "Home is where the story starts" said Dianne DePasqule-Hagerty, Executive Director of Medina Creative Housing. Eight new stories will begin in the early November when Medina Creative Living III will be move-in ready.



Buy Your "Path to Independence" Engraved Brick Today!

If you haven't already ordered your engraved brick for the "Path to Independence" it's not to late! The "Path to Independence" will be constructed at the Medina Creative Living III units. This is a great way to honor the memory of a loved one, show your family's support of MCH or to promote your business.

12 x 12 Engraved Limestone Brick

* Text Only $400
* Logo Only $450
* Text & Logo $500

8 x 8 Engraved Brick (text only) $100

4 x 8 Engraved Brick (text only) $50



More Homes, More Happy People

The Ohio Housing Finance Administration has approved funding that will allow the construction of Medina Creative Living IV to begin. The new garden style apartment units will be constructed on Medina Creative Living Way just off of Grande Blvd. where the Medina Creative Living III units are soon to open. We are very excited for these new units which will certainly change the lives of the individuals that are next in line on the our waiting list. The project is planned to have 6 new units built with construction starting in September 2011.



2nd Annual Independence Walk

On July 3rd Medina Creative Housing's 2nd Annual Independence Walk and Celebration took place and was a tremendous success. The walk which began at Medina Creative Living I & II and went to the future MCL III site located off of Grande Blvd. The walk also featured a barbecue, games, music and was capped off by fireworks was a terrific fun filled night enjoyed by many members of the community. MCH Board of Trustees President, Mike Carlson, spoke briefly to the crowd on the importance of the work that MCH does for individuals with disabilities. Also joining us for the day's festivities was state Senator Larry Obhof who gave an inspirational speech on the importance of independence for all individuals. In all MCH raised over $2,300 to help pay for new appliances at the MCL III units. A special thank you goes out to all the sponsors, walkers and volunteers that made this event possible!



Medina Creative Housing Receives Community Champion Award

The Ohio Community Development Finance Fund awarded Medina Creative Housing with its 2010 Community Champion Award. The award is given to groups that have exhibited extraordinary service to their community. Medina Creative Housing was honored with the award for demonstrating innovation, initiative, commitment and perseverance in directing benefits to un-served or under-served low-income populations in Ohio. The award was presented at The Lincoln Theater Ballroom in Columbus on May 12, 2011.




Gary Quesada Named Medina Creative Housing's Volunteer Of The Year

On May 10th Gary Quesada was honored at Weymouth Country Club as one of United Way's Volunteers of the Year. Each year United Way recognizes volunteers that go above and beyond for local non-profits. Gary, owner of Main Street Cafe, has selflessly volunteered his time and energy to help Medina Creative Housing and its affiliate's programs. Gary also creates signature salads using Medina Creative Produce's hydroponically grown bibb lettuce. We thank Gary for his time and congratulate him on his achievement.



Medina Creative Living III Is Under Way

Medina Creative Living has broken ground and is underway on its construction of Medina Creative Living III on Grande Blvd. The newest living complex will have 8 housing units that will provide independent living and homes for our newest residents. The development will also feature a community center/recreation room that will provide our residents with a social gathering area for activities. This will be used in conjunction with the J.K.R. community center at the N. Huntington location for daily activities that all of our residents can enjoy.



Autism Awareness Carousel Rocking Horse

We have many unique and beautiful items to be auctioned at Raising the Roof. In celebration with April's Autism Awareness Month we would like to introduce you to our Autism Awareness Carousel Rocking Horse. This beautiful one of a kind piece of art was designed by "Carousel for Missoula" for Medina Creative Housing. It was commissioned by Bill and Jenny Post. The horse will be sold during our live auction at our "Raising the Roof" Fund Raiser on May 21st at the Weymouth Country Club.



Medina Creative Housing purchases six acres on Grande Blvd...

Medina Creative Housing is pleased to announce the purchase of a six acre parcel on Grande Blvd. which will be home to Medina Creative Living III. Construction is slated to begin in June 2010 and will consist of 8 units for the disabled and a Community Room. Medina Creative Housing has applied to HUD for 8 additional physically disabled units and 18 senior units in this funding cycle. Grant awards will be announced in summer 2010.



Medina Creative Housing is "Raising the Roof"

On March 5, 2010, Medina Creative Housing is "Raising the Roof" and we invite you to support our annual fundraising event. The "Raising the Roof" Dinner & Theater Charity Benefit allows you to have a fun night enjoying gourmet food at one of 6 area restaurants (Kasai Japanese Restaurant, Madd Chef, Main Street Café, Riverstone Tavern, Thyme, Rustic Hills Country Club), a musical "The All Night Strut" performed at the Middle Stage Theater at Medina High School and desserts/coffee and Live/Silent Auctions.



Medina Creative Living featured in HUD Documentary

On January 28, 2010, Medina Creative Living, its residents and families were featured in a Department of Housing and Urban Development Documentary commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the HUD 202/811 Programs for senior and the disabled. The Documentary was viewed many guests including Board Members, Mayor Dennis Hanwell, Commissioner Steve Hambley, residents and families and Pam Ashby, Director of the Cleveland HUD Office Multifamily Housing.



Medina Creative Housing Honored at 2010 Commissioner's Charity Ball

On January 16, 2010, Medina Creative Housing was chosen by Medina County Commissioner Pat Geissman to be one of the recipients of the 2010 Commissioner's Charity Ball proceeds.



2010 Medina Creative Board Appointed

We extend our gratitude to the following Medina Creative Housing Board Members who are retiring from our Board and thank them for their years of service to our organization: Bruce Colbow, Craig Curie, Lin Humpal and Gary Werner.