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Some people say that leadership is about titles, others think some are born leaders, and that predisposes them to hold an official role. . I say we are all leaders. Nothing helps a leader more than clarity of purpose, to see what is right and inspire others along those lines.  This blog is devoted to all the leaders who want to create a community where everyone is valued as gifted, and everyone belongs.  In this blog I’ll tell stories, ask questions, and ask that we all lead by example, with conviction and intention.   I’ll clearly share KenCrest’s purpose, and the how the agency and our amazing team members are committed to doing our part to create a better world for everyone.

Marian Baldini, President and CEO for KenCrest, and author of this weekly blog, reflects in a relevant way on timely themes of disability, advocacy, social consciousness, and the like.

 

I Want to Start a Movement: Always Reform

December 11th, 2018 I Want To Start a Movement

Last year, the Lutheran faith celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation; it was a reminder to us all —that we need to be “always reforming;” always looking for new ways to see the world; and always pursuing our calling in life. We are intentional about living out the Reformation through our mission at KenCrest; and I’m happy to report…

I Want to Start a Movement: Dream at Every Age

November 30th, 2018 I Want To Start a Movement

At KenCrest, we strive to help our communities do their best by exploring possibilities, mobilizing our resources, and empowering dreams. To do so, we need to be ever mindful of the personal biases that may deter us from making that happen. Recently a colleague mentioned that one of the folks in a group home was ‘up in years’ now, and…

Your Voice, Your Vote, Your Future

November 5th, 2018 Uncategorized

Franklin D. Roosevelt once said “nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves, and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” This coming Tuesday will commemorate the 174th Election Day in the United States. Although much has changed since 1845 (…thank goodness…), the power and opportunity to…

I Want to Start a Movement: Everyone Deserves to be Discovered

October 15th, 2018 Uncategorized

Growing up, the way in which movie stars were discovered, was always a topic of conversation; now we have TV series’ like The Voice where people compete to have celebrity musicians recognize their talent, and give them special attention. The reality is that we all have special gifts and talents, what if everyone got ‘discovered?’ That’s the concept behind a…

I want to start a movement:   Information is Power, Learn about Downs Syndrome

October 8th, 2018 Uncategorized

When my cousin Joanne was born in1951, her parents were told her life would be short.  Back then, the estimated life expectancy for a child with Downs was 12 years; Joanne passed away at age 14. In the 1950s her life expectancy wasn’t the only limiting factor; public schools could simply prevent a disabled child from attending.  Joanne attended the…

I Want To Start a Movement: Replace Blame with Empathy and Discernment

September 28th, 2018 Uncategorized

How often do we find ourselves in the midst of the blame game? Whether in the media, in the workplace, or in the personal comfort of our own homes—sometimes it feels as if deflection or the lack of ownership is unavoidable. We blame others for the privation of our progression, and others blame us; frustrations circumvent over and over from…

I Want to Start a Movement:  Embrace Your Right to Vote

September 21st, 2018 Uncategorized

I was 18 when the voting age changed from 21 to 18; I vividly remember conversing with my mother about how excited I was at my first opportunity to vote. I asked her for advice on how to get involved and stay informed; I also remember conversations with my grandmother, and her educating me on Susan B Anthony. Susan B.…

Celebrating DSP Week at KenCrest

September 14th, 2018 Uncategorized

The KenCrest family joined the Nation this week in recognizing and celebrating the hundreds of thousands of amazing direct support professionals (DSPs) around the world. DSPs are special people who provide support to many individuals who come to us with the hope of care, and a meaning-filled life. Although the title of this position has changed over time— from counselor,…

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