Annual Report: Journey through 2022

Blossom Hill, Inc.

MESSAGE FROM LEADERSHIP

Like the world outside our doors, our world began to feel more “normal” than it had during the previous two years. The individuals and staff created new memories from trips to the Cleveland Guardians games to the Great Lakes Science Center to regular picnics at Coe Lake in Berea and attending the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo during the summer and for “Wild Winter Lights” during the winter.

Throughout this report, you’ll find pictures and stories of individuals and staff enjoying these experiences and other person-centered activities, thanks to the dedication of our staff – house managers, QIDPs, Activities Coordinators, LPNs, DSPs, cooks, and others.

Below are just a few highlights from 2022:

  • Revealing our strategic plan that focuses on three pillars: People, Access, and Growth. Read on for more details about our plans for the future.
  • Recognizing our incredible staff members at our in-person Employee Recognition Event in April 2022. We honored three staff members with recognition awards and celebrated milestone anniversaries, including 25 years for one of our Direct Support Professionals, Christine Curran.
  • Your generous support helped us raise money to support our programs and services so that we can carry out our strategic plan and expand our services. You – our supporters – helped us reach our fundraising goals at the 11th Annual Golf Outing, through the end-of-year appeal, and through grants.

2022 was not without challenges. We still had to mange COVID carefully, which impacted staff and the individuals. Staffing shortages continue to affect our industry, which impacts everything from the staff burnout to being able to plan meaningful outings and events. Additionally, increased costs due to inflation delayed the completion of our Therapeutic Greenhouse & Activity Center.

Finally, we were sad to end the year with the death of our friend and longtime board member, Ralph Zuponcic. He died peacefully on December 27, 2022, surrounded by family. Ralph and his brother Steve Zuponcic were instrumental in securing the location for our Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) group homes in North Royalton on Abbey Road in 2010. For many years, as a board member, Ralph also helped oversee Blossom Hill’s Development and Marketing efforts. All of us at Blossom Hill continue to keep the Zuponcic family in our thoughts and prayers.

Read on to learn more about our journey through 2022.

Lisa Kristosik, RN, BSN
Chief Executive Officer, Blossom Hill

George Swartz
2022 President, Blossom Hill, Inc

Lisa Kristosik

Lisa Kristosik, RN, MSN
Chief Executive Officer, Blossom Hill, Inc.

George Swartz
President, Blossom Hill Inc. Board 2022

 

 BLOSSOM HILL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Officers
George Swartz, President, Blossom Hill, Inc.
Chris Holeck, Vice President Blossom Hill, Inc. & Blossom Hill Foundation
Chuck Hirsch, Treasurer Blossom Hill, Inc. & Blossom Hill Foundation
Dennis Kapral, Secretary, Blossom Hill, Inc. & Blossom Hill Foundation
Marty Gardner, Interim President, Blossom Hill Foundation

Directors
Steve Zuponcic
Ethan McPeake
Tammy Haseley
Sal Indriolo
Emily Dubyoski
Madelyn Kelley
Jeffery Petit

STRATEGIC PLAN

Blossom Hill Plan for Sustainability

Our Mission: We enhance the daily lives of disabled adults and their families through loving, personalized care.

Strategy #1: Significant Investment in Our Staff

Our business is loving, personalized care.

  • Consistent and caring staff are the most important indicator of success in the DD/IDD industry.
  • Adequate staffing is the biggest issue we face today.
  • Investment in engagement, incentives, and employee recognition are all factors towards becoming a great place to work.

Strategy #2: Expanding access to services that we already offer

We provide essential services to those who need it the most.

  • There is a significant need among family members and the DD community for respite and supported living services.
  • We have been a leader in these services for many years.
  • Blossom Hill can also offer a natural bridge to ICF and group waiver in the future

Strategy #3: Exploring New Services

Innovation and growth are the keys to our success.

  • Blossom Hill has been around for nearly 55 years because of the organization’s willingness to grow and innovate.
  • Day programming services that we can offer to our individuals goes back directly to our mission: enhancing the daily lives of the people we serve.

FUNDRAISING

Grants

In 2023, we continued to foster great relationships with our generous grantors, totaling nearly $100,000. This funding helps support specific projects like the Greenhouse & Activity Center and also included general operating expenses that are unrestricted funds. See below for a full list of our generous grant partners.

Events

In 2022, we were grateful to celebrate in-person fundraising events, including a Charity of the Month happy hour at Sibling Revelry in Westlake and our Annual Golf Outing in June at Shale Creek Golf Club in Medina.

Read more about all events here

Generous Donations

We are so grateful to our generous donors who continue to support us. At the end of 2022, our donors continued to give despite rising costs and inflation. In fact, we surpased our goals for our Annual Appeal campaign. 

Fundraising Highlights

11th Annual Golf Outing

The weather held out for a perfect day of golfing at Shale Creek Golf Club in Medina to celebrate Blossom Hill’s 11th Annual Golf Outing. Read more.

Sibling Revelry Fundraiser

Sibling Revelry Brewery selected Blossom Hill as it’s “Charity of the Month” during the month of February in 2022. For every lager that was sold, a portion of those proceeds will benefit Blossom Hill. Read more here.

Community West Foundation Judges Art Contest

We were honored to host staff members from our grant partners at Community West Foundation to help us select the winners of our Annual Blossom Hill Art Contest! They selected four amazing winners and three honorable mentions. Find all of the submissions here.

2022 Grantors

.Iohnson-Kazar Charitable Foundation. Inc.

Michael Talty and Helen Talty Charitable Trust

Thatcher Foundation

S K Wellman Foundation

Cleveland Foundation

Community West Foundation

Good Shepherd Foundation

Higley Foundation

Applied Industrial Technologies

2022 Individual Donors

North Royalton Lions Club

Bakers Local 19 Union

Adrienne Gonzalez

Alexander Machaskee

Amy T. Ferree

Angela Del Valle

Ben Jewell

Ben Rababy

Bernard T. Garrah Jr.

Bernie Stadelman

Bill Heitman

Bob Lampus

Brian Goodlive

Carlos Delvalle

Carol Hall

Chelsie Parker

Chris Holecek

Chris Spena

Chris Williams

Chuck Hirsch and Michelle Fox

Dan Brezovec

Daniel Kaminski

Dave Saylor

David Brindza

David Czerniak II

David Furry Northern Title Agency, Inc.

David Levy

David Meek

David Sabol

Deanna Vosmik

Deborah Bazelides

Dennis Kapral

Dennis Kuzak

Denny Delbane

Dom Mikalec

Donna Uyek

Doug Frey

Doug Kowalski

Ed Olah

Edward Zupancic

Ellen Ladik

Emilio Dibre

Emilo Jibre

Emily Dubyoski

Ethan McPeake

Fred Garbinski

Gary Garbinski

George Bohnert

George Relic

George Swartz

George Verner

Grace Piccolo

Greg Duke

Greg Paris

Harry Cool

IC Cenacolo Italiano Di Cleveland

Jackie Taylor

Janet Reik

Jay and Lori Inks

Jeff Apisdorf

Jeff Bohmer

Jeff Denker

Jeff Lennartz

Jerry Galaska

Jesse Mikluscak Key Bank

Jessica Yates

John Dononhue

John O’Keefe

John Stark

John Zoller

Joseph Browning

Julie Delong

Karen Tolhurst

Karl Schmidt

Ken Morgan

Kent Davis

Kimberly Cole

Larry and Maryann Kennedy

Laurie Gatten

Leslie Hammer

Linda Dalton

Lisa Rose

Lynn Dammeyer

Lynn Moody

Madelyn Kelley

Maria Codinach

PharMerica Pharmacy Services

Marilyn Kysela

Mark Pernice

Mark Steigerwald

Marty Gardner

Mary Smith

Marybeth Heiman

Maryjane Kozlowski

Matthew Brigeman

Megan Janzig

Michael Abbamonte

Michael D’Amato

Michael Gordon

Michael Hirsch

Michael Parry

Micheal Swartz

Mike Ferkovic

Mike Shepherd

Nick Gramp

Paliga Family charitable Fund Hudson Community Foundation

Param Siva

Parma Laundry

Patrick Althof

Patrick Cavanagh

Paul Cavanagh

Paul McNamara

Paul Scherrman

Community West Foundation

Phil Abel

Ralph Berge

Ralph Zuponcic

Ray Lang

Rich and Lisa Kristosik

Richard Organ

Richard Wanders

Rollie Denker

Ronald Long

Rose Zarko and Brian Roda

Russell Metzger

Ruth Clingan

Ruth Hribar and Mary Zambler

Ryan DelaVega

Ryan Neumeyer McDonald Hopkins

Sal Indriolo

Sally Kramer

Sarah DiFrancesco

Scott Kody Compu-net Systems

Seton Catholic School

Sharon Hall

Shawn Stine

Sherrie Craddock

Sima Warnock

Stephanie Dadas

Steve Golden

Steve McPeake

Steve Petro

Steve Zuponcic

Susan Mackenzie

Swaroop Conjeevaram

Tammy Haseley

Tim O’Connor

Tim Zuponcic

Todd Leombruno Parker Hannifin Corp

Todd Stern

Tom Craft Gateway Financial Advisors

Tom Haywood

Tom Kimberly

Tom Krouse

Tom Shillock

Tom Swartz

Toni Coleman

Vince Cangenelli

William Barnard

William Flower

William Hombeck

Zack Weiss

BLOSSOM HILL BY THE NUMBERS

Individuals Served in Our Facilities

Residential Facilities

Staff Members

Number of individuals / families in our SL program

Number of Respite clients / families

REVENUE

In 2022 Blossom Hill received most of its revenue – 98% – through program services, including reimbursement from Medicaid for providing services, respite for indivdiuals and supported living services through waiver funding. Approximately 2% of the organization’s revenue was generated from unrestricted contributions.

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Program Services

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Unrestricted contributions

EXPENSES

In 2022 Blossom Hill’s expenses were direct client care costs, including staffing, facility and individual personal care. These program services costs accounted for 73% of its expenses. The other 27% including administrative costs such as consultant fees, fundraising, office supplies and other administrative expenses.

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Program Services

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Administration

OUR STORIES

Each person we serve is unique and their story of how they came to us is also unique. We invite you read below the stories of individuals and staff to understand why our services are so valuable and how our individuals can thrive in the right environment.

Finding Fulfilment with Girl Scouts

Growing up, Patience was never able to experience things like hiking and camping until Blossom Hill and the girl scouts adapted programs and activities to specifically include her. As she experienced Girl Scouts with her local troop, she found meaning in the activiites and the community. Patience decided to become a “Lifetime Member” of the Girl Scouts and one of the benefits to becoming a lifetime member is that your membership funds a membership for a less privileged girl. The gesture made Patience emotional and she shared with staff that girl scouts has been one of the most fulfilling things in her life.

woman in wheelchair at a spashpark

Families Gather for Holidays

We had a wonderful time celebrating the holidays at each house with our family and friends last week. Due to COVID, we have not been able to host our traditional holiday parties in-person since before COVID. Read more and view pictures here

Cedric

To recognize National Developmental Disabilities Month, we are spotlighting individuals, staff, and others in our community! We had fun getting to know Cedric, a individual at Blossom Hill’s Parma House with “Random Questions.” Get to know Cedric

Christine

One of the services that we provide is nursing care from caring, experienced LPNs. We asked Christine, the nursing supervisor at Center Ridge House in Westlake, what it’s like being a nurse in this setting. Read more here.

Ericka

We had fun getting to know Ericka, a Direct Support Professional at Blossom Hill’s Parma House with “Random Questions” as part of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Get to know Ericka.

Lisa & Ashley

Lisa takes care of her daughter Ashley as part of our Supported Living Services program and was spotlighted in our staff newsletter. “Lisa is an employee and an advocate as a parent for her daughter. Lisa has displayed not only interest in the mission and goals of Blossom Hill but makes herself always available as part of our family here for any service and insight she can provide. She is so appreciated by all.”

Halloween Fun

Halloween is always a lot of fun in the houses. View pictures of costumes, crafts, games, and spooky decorations.

STAFF RECOGNITION

Throughout the year, we celebrated our Blossom Hill’s AMAZING team through events, awards, gifts, stories and more.

DSP Week 2022

We celebrate DSP Recognition Week every year in September. This past year, we had a lot of fun celebrating and appreciating our direct support professionals (DSPs) with videos, gifts, and more. View highlights from DSP Week 2022.

 

nurses-week

Nurses Week 2022

Blossom Hill celebrated the incredible nursing staff who care for the 36 individuals at their Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF) group home with a special luncheon at Bucci’s J Bella’s in Strongsville. Read more about Nurses Week.

Milestone Anniversaries & Recognition Awards

We were glad to be back celebrating our staff milestone anniversaries and recognition awards in-person at J Bella’s in Strongsville. Blossom Hill leadership and board members celebrated staff milestone anniversaries that spanned from 5 to 25 years. Read more about the awards celebration.

Staff Picnics

This summer, Blossom Hill leadership celebrated the dedicated and hard-working staff members who care for our individuals 24/7. Read more and view pictures here.

a group of women smiling and standing in front of a banner at the OHCA conference

Blossom Hill Staff Recognized at OHCA Conference

We were proud to recognize Tabitha Wachenschwanz, Activities Coordinator, and Christine Oehlstrom, LPN, Nurse Supervisor, at the Ohio Health Care Association’s (OHCA) IDD Excellence Awards Ceremony in Columbus in November, 2022. More about the Awards Ceremony.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Each year, Blossom Hill recognizes Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. This month provides an opportunity for us to bring awareness to advocacy efforts, provide more information about developmental disabilities, and we usually end the month by spotlighting artwork from our indivdiuals and staff. See more highlights from 2022.

2023 EVENTS

2023 Golf Outing

Our 12th Annual Blossom Hill Golf Outing will take place on Monday, June 19, 2023. Learn more and register here.

Education Night

Blossom Hill will host an education night for parents and guardians on Thursday, April 20 at 5 p.m. Check back on our website for more information.

Staff Recognition Event 2023

Blossom Hill hosted its Annual Staff Recognition event on January 25, 2023 at J Bella’s in Strongsville. You can find more information and pictures from the event here.

Summer Picnic

Blossom Hill will host a summer picnic for staff and individuals to celebrate Summer and enjoy the warmer summer weather. Check back on our website for more information. 

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