October 30, 2020
Roads to Recovery Face Painting!

Did You Know?

Roads to Recovery continues to serve youth on the autism spectrum during COVID-19!

In Her Own Words—Administrative Director, Simone Edgell

Roads to Recovery (RtR) has been adapting to the ever changing guidelines set forth when the Covid-19 pandemic first started in March 2020. Our students are of the utmost importance to us, and we strive to keep their educational needs in the forefront. Because of the safety measures we have put in place, we are happy to report that our students did not fall far behind with their educational needs. 
We are fortunate to have a staff that has worked endlessly creating online curriculum for our students who have chosen the homeschool option. For those students who have chosen to attend center-based services, we have applied additional health and safety measures to ensure that safety is our number one goal.  
Despite the difficulties that came with COVID-19, RtR held a week-long summer camp filled with fun outdoor activities to highlight several different “theme” days. The students loved their time at camp which included special events such as a car wash, a visit with farm animals, a hayride and a jumpy castle. These camp activities really brought joy and a much needed lift to our students’ spirits! 
Roads did face the hardship of having to cancel our annual Golf Outing fundraiser, Drive for Autism, which has a significant impact on our annual budget. Through the support of our community, we have been able to continue to progress and make differences in many lives! We are proud of our staff and our families as we move forward and are united in our mission to serve our students who are living with autism spectrum disorders. 
Our fundraiser at the end of October, the Cheesecake Fundraiser, which runs through mid-November, is very popular. We hope to expand our partnerships with local businesses who might be interested in purchasing cheesecake gifts for their staff or customers. Our students, families, and staff sell a variety of cheesecakes to the community and RtR earns 50% of every sale. 
To Donate: Roads to Recovery
To purchase a cheesecake, contact Whitney at 
Available cheesecake flavors and pies will be listed on our website at soon!

When the Foundation's Board of Trustees adopted its most-recent Strategic Plan in 2016, it included 4 Strategic Areas of Focus. Each Fall, the Trustees and Staff assess our progress and determine any adjustments to the plan for the coming year in support of our mission. 
Following are a few of the key accomplishments in each of our Areas of Focus. 
1) Proactively Convene Community Collaborations
Began YS GivingTuesday; expanded the Student Miller Program; initiated & expanded the Encore Miller Program; created & expanded the Nonprofit Leadership Institute; completed Phase 1 of the Antioch Hall restoration; developed an impact investment program; responded to community needs because of COVID-19; supported the UpliftYS Campaign; and became fiscal sponsor for and active participant in the YS Development Corporation
2) Be the Foundation of Choice for Local Giving
Hired an Executive Director; expanded Donor Advised Funds; created a process for donation of real-estate & stocks; created incentive endowments for nonprofits, including the Give for Today, Plan for Tomorrow campaign; added multiple new funds/grants/loans for COVID-19 relief; streamlined processes for bequests & planned giving; created with donors the Save the Glen Fund, the YS Dog Park Fund, & the YS Children's Community Center Capital Campaign; created fiscal sponsorships, revolving loan funds, and lines-of-credit to nonprofits; and implemented a fund accounting software system to support our expanding work
3) Engage the Next Generation of Donors &Active Citizens
Completed 5 Nonprofit Leadership Institutes; expanded the Miller Fellow & Encore Miller Program; moved all high school scholarship applications online; created a Giving Circle Funds; created funds for high school service projects; and recruited next-generation Trustees
4) Expand Awareness & Visibility of the Foundation
Implemented the weekly Foundation Friday newsletter; increased social media presence, including website improvements & donor portals; developed a consistent Facebook presence; and renovated office space in the YS central business district
We, of course, cannot do any of this without our generous donors, nonprofits, and community. We are in this together.
Staff Member Highlight
Jeannamarie Cox


I begin my fifth year with the Foundation on November 1st—one more bit of proof that time “does” fly.  

The Foundation adopted four strategic areas of focus in 2016, as noted in this week’s Together section. Adding an Executive Director to the staff was one of the actions taken toward these goals. Several years before the 2016 plan, I had mentioned to then Foundation President, Sterling Wiggins that if there ever was an opening at the Foundation I might be a good candidate. With my business experience and having served on multiple Nonprofit Boards, I realized through delivering on the Foundation’s mission, there was an opportunity to offer even more support to our nonprofits and community donors—support that I believe necessary to maintain the type of community we enjoy. 

We try to use the strategic areas of focus as our roadmap every day. Our community generates many great ideas which compete for resources; time, talent and financial. The Foundation’s support is often requested; having a good plan helps in determining the focus for our energy. (In the Together section, we outlined some of our progress.)

I moved to Miami Township some 26 years ago. Prior to working for the Foundation, I commuted from YS for my 1st career, which was in the apparel industry. I started in design, development, and manufacturing, moving to a focus on adding technology and processes to aide in the shift to off-shore manufacturing while reinforcing our domestic design and innovation. I enjoyed the ever-changing landscape of the apparel industry and find our work at the Foundation always new, too.   

As I think back on the many things that we have accomplished during the past four years, I feel quite lucky to be doing good work, with wonderful people on behalf of our community.  I am looking forward to continued work with and for you!


  Our Journey

Systemic racism touches so many aspects of the lives of people in the Black community, including infants. Tragically, Black babies are 2.5 times less likely than White babies to live to their first birthday.
For a quick overview, watch the following Race Forward video. 
Race Forward: What Is Systemic Racism? - Infant Mortality

You're welcome to Join Us on our journey.
We would love to hear your thoughts on how we and the community can make these structural changes:

Thank You Again & Again to Our Many Wonderful Volunteers! 

100 + in all, supporting: Child Care - Data Support - Faith Community - Food Security & Bread Runners - Logistics - Mask Makers - NBCs - Research - Senior Care - Committee Members
Interested in joining us in support of our community? Become a volunteer or committee member:


Thank You Generous Donors!
You are vital to our village and township!

COVID-19 Emergency Fund Donors (week of 10/28) Marc Holser - David & Keiko Hergesheimer

Donors to Community Foundation Funds (week of 10/28) Alec Duncan - Bruce & Sue Howorth - Paul Rybolt Elizabeth Tinker - Malte & Pam von Matthiessen

Donors to Save the Glen Fund (week of 10/28) Richard Posey

Join us! To donate to funds at YSCF:

Events & News

DONATE to the YS Community Children’s Center Capital Campaign, Give for Today, Plan for TomorrowYSCCC Capital Campaign

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WE WEAR A MASK to protect you. Please wear a mask to protect us and your neighbors.

Our Mission 
Entrusted with the responsibility of enhancing community life, we are a catalyst and resource for local charitable giving and grant making.


Lisa Abel, President, Richard Bullock, Vice President, Matthew Denman, Treasurer,  Todd Leventhal, Vice Treasurer, Kayla Rothman-Zecher, Secretary, 
Theresa Graham, Angie Hsu, Artie Isaac, Ellis Jacobs, Joanne Lakomski, Joshua Mabra, Roger Reynolds, Kathryn Van der Heiden 

Jeannamarie Cox, Executive Director
Kimberly Kremer, Financial Administrator
Kat Walter, Program Manager
Melissa Heston, Outreach Manager
Harvey Curran, Volunteer Project Manager

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