Sunshine Communities

Doing Business As: Sunshine Communities Sunshine of Northwest Ohio
Currently serving individuals with developmental disabilities.
Currently seeking referrals.
Agency Provider


7223 Maumee Western Road

Maumee, Ohio 43537
Main: (419) 865-0251
Fax: (419) 865-9715
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Elizabeth Holland
Phone: (419) 865-0251
Jason Abodeely
Chief Operating Officer
Phone: 419-865-0251
Deb Rasmusson
Chief Program Officer
Phone: 419-865-0251


Individual Budget/Private Pay

Adult Foster Care
Supported Living

Individual Budget/Private Pay: Adult Day Services

Adult Day Support
Supported Employment - Community
Supported Employment - Enclave
Transportation Non-Medical
Vocational Habilitation

Level One Waiver

Environmental Accessibility Adaptations
Home Maker Personal Care

Level One Waiver: Adult Day Services

Adult Day Support
Supported Employment - Community
Supported Employment - Enclave
Transportation Non-Medical
Vocational Habilitation

Individual Options Waiver

Adaptive/Assistive Equipment
Adult Foster Care
Community Respite
Environmental Accessibility Adaptations
Home Maker Personal Care
NonMedical Transportation Mileage
NonMedical Transportation Trip
Remote Monitoring
Remote Monitoring Equipment
Residential Respite
Social Work

Individual Options Waiver: Adult Day Services

Adult Day Support
Supported Employment - Community
Supported Employment - Enclave
Vocational Habilitation

Self Empowered Life Funding Waiver (SELF-Waiver)

Community Respite
Remote Monitoring
Remote Monitoring Equipment
Residential Respite

Self Empowered Life Funding Waiver (SELF-Waiver): Adult Day Services

Adult Day Support
Supported Employment - Enclave
Transportation Non-Medical
Vocational Habilitation


Name: Mrs. Jane Morningstar
Phone: 419.476.6268
Address: Toledo OH 43623
Name: Mrs. Jody Layman
Phone: 419.893.7930
Address: Maumee, OH 43537
Name: Mrs. Carlene DeFalco
Phone: 419.517.5502
Address: Sylvania, OH 43560


Agency Profile

a) Describe your agency’s philosophy of providing services and supports to individuals with disabilities.

Sunshine's mission is to create community among people with developmental disabilities, their families, friends and staff.
We do this by offering services that enable all of us to build relationships that enhance our lives through mutual caring and growth. In pursuit of this mission:
We practice Christian values in the tradition of the Mennonite faith.
We embrace the vision of our founders, Roy and Georgette Engler.
We strengthen our community by supporting the underserved.

b) Describe your agency’s staff orientation and training process.

A 3-week orientation for new staff includes training in workforce safety, rights of individuals with DD, first aid and CPR, and reporting of abuse and neglect and unusual incidents. New employees learn about Sunshine's mission and values and train in Positive Intervention Tools, Ukeru/Extreme Blocking, Quality of Life and Self-Determination, Enhancing Mealtime Enjoyment and Engagement. Training also includes the following units: Range of Motion and Positioning, Sensory Lab, Principles and Practices of Effective Direct Support Professionals, Driving on the Road, Driver's Training in the classroom, Introduction to Developmental Disabilities, Person Centered Planning for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and HIPPA. Staff who will pass medications must pass a certified medication class. The 3-week orientation includes on-the-job training, and ongoing training for all employees is based on areas in which they work. Additionally, compliance training is required annually by every staff member. Managers receive monthly training on a variety of topics, along with offering training to the staff they supervise.

c) How are individuals with disabilities involved in selecting the agency’s staff that work with them?

Sunshine does its best to match staff with the men, women and children they will directly support. Preferences by individuals and their families are considered and concerns are promptly addressed.
In other areas in which individuals are not able to easily voice their preferences, staff are chosen to work with people with whom they demonstrate the necessary skills. Supervisors pay close attention to non-verbal feedback from individuals in assessing the comfort levels between individuals and staff.

d) Describe your agency’s availability and flexibility in scheduling services and supports (days and hours available, areas of Lucas County willing to provide services, etc).

A consumer's needs drive staff scheduling. At times, that support is round-the-clock. In some circumstances, support is requested for part of the day. Sunshine provides services in all parts of Lucas County.

e) Describe how services will be provided in the event of an agency staff illness or emergency.

Centralized scheduling works hand-in-hand with managers in securing the proper number of staff needed in cases of staff illness or emergencies. In some rare situations, the manager or director may provide direct care.

f) Describe how your agency would address individual or family concerns.

Sunshine's directors are on-call 24 hours to address family and individual concerns.
Additionally, Sunshine's Admissions office reviews annual satisfaction surveys, following up for additional information in cases of family concern. Families and guardians are encouraged to complete a "visit form" when they stop by residential and vocational sites, and each is reviewed by the admissions department. Any concerns are immediately communicated to the appropriate manager. Families with unresolved concerns are invited to speak with Sunshine's CEO.

g) Describe your agency’s specific strategies for increasing community inclusion and involvement for individuals served.

Building community for men, women and children with developmental disabilities is at the core of Sunshine's mission.
In addition to work training and day activity programs throughout Lucas and Fulton counties, Sunshine holds concerts, dances, holiday parties, ice cream socials and other activities throughout the year. Additionally, it has assisted with a number of community projects, including Day of Caring sponsored by The United Way of Greater Toledo. Sunshine's Spiritual Life Coordinator works with local congregations who host worship services at Sunshine's main campus and invite Sunshine's family to worship services elsewhere.

Sporting events, concerts, plays, the Toledo Zoo, the Toledo Museum of Art, metroparks and shopping centers are among the destinations for people supported by Sunshine. Sunshine's staff and those they support also volunteer in a variety of ways. Sunshine consumers receive a great deal of support from our community and we want to give back. That is a value of the Mennonite faith which Sunshine practices.

Our Community Employment program continues to grow. We currently serve waiver individuals, individuals referred to OOD through Employment First and most recently, direct OOD consumers now that we are CARF accredited. We offer Activities of Daily Living training, Personal Adjustment training, Community Based Assessments, Career Exploration, Job Seeking Skills Training, Job Development, Job Coaching and Job Retention services at this point. We have had success stories in a variety of industries such as retail, customer service, food service and child care.

h) Does your agency offer one to one services?


i) Does your agency offer planned group outings or activities?


j) Identify your agency's areas of expertise.

Sunshine's areas of expertise include supporting those who are medically fragile and those who struggle against challenging behaviors. Sunshine is one of only several agencies in the state who is certified to provide care to children who are ventilator dependent. When it comes to behavioral help, Sunshine employs a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who works with Behavior Technicians to train staff and to work directly with individuals we support.

k) How many individuals does your agency serve in Lucas County?

41 or more

l) What is the total number of individuals served by your agency Statewide?

More than 400

m) How long has your agency been providing certified homemaker personal care services in Lucas County to individuals with developmental disabilities?

7 or more

n) Which describes your agency:

Non Profit

o) Are your agency staff certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to provide medication administration?


p) Is your agency willing to provide Level One services?


q) How many staff in your agency provide direct support services?


r) Does your agency have both male and female staff?


s) What is the average length of service for your agency’s direct support staff?

5 years

t) Describe your agency's plan for continuing education and on-going training for agency staff?

Sunshine offers a tuition loan program for staff. Additionally, staff who may struggle financially can borrow from a special Sunshine fund and repay it through payroll deductions interest-free.
Ongoing on-line training are available to all staff, and speakers from outside Sunshine present on various topics throughout the year. Sunshine also considers staff requests for workshops and training outside Sunshine, and every effort is made to cover costs for appropriate training.
Direct Support Professionals receive specialized training for each individual to whom they're providing care and support. Monthly meetings at various sites and the training are tailored to the needs of that site, the individuals supported at that site and the staff assigned there.

u) Please describe your agency’s internal system for quality assurance.

Sunshine takes extraordinary steps to maintain the highest quality care. In addition to a Quality Assurance Committee, the Corporate Compliance Department established a Quality Care Auditing effort.

The Quality Assurance Committee conducts thoughtful and candid review of Sunshine's care and services, while observers through the Quality Care Auditing program evaluate all other aspects of Sunshine programs as well. For example, Sunshine understands that quality of life is based not only on quality direct, personal care. Rather, daily efforts of staff - as well as observances by quality assurance staff - focus on engagement, meaningful activities and substantive relationships as well as basic personal and medical care.

Families, guardians and direct consumers are encouraged to fill out annual satisfaction surveys so that leadership and staff can immediately address any areas of concern.

v) Include here any information about the agency that you want shared with an individual, family or guardian that will assist him/her to decide whether your agency is the best choice of provider.

Sunshine Communities was founded by Roy and Georgette Engler, a Maumee couple who had five children with developmental disabilities at a time when people with disabilities often were institutionalized. In 1950, the Englers opened Sunshine Children's Home as a loving, clean and safe home for children with developmental disabilities. In doing so, they laid the groundwork for a nationally recognized organization that would care for nearly two dozen children in its first two years. Eventually, the Englers forged a relationship with the Mennonite Board of Missions to oversee the operation of the home and Sunshine Communities - as its known today - remains a faith-based agency with values rooted in the Mennonite faith. Today, it supports more than 400 men, women and children with developmental disabilities - as well as their loved ones - in residential, vocational,respite, clinical and recreational programs.

- If yes, describe

Sunshine reviews all applications to determine whether we can provide one-to-one services required by an individual. Each situation includes many factors that must be considered.

- If yes, describe

Connecting to each other through shared passions and adventure is one of the true thrills of life and Sunshine Communities offers a number of options.
The Community Recreation program holds events and hosts outings throughout the year, and small recreation groups focus activities on the desires of the participants. Such programs build great opportunities for friendships, and they help develop social skills, encourage physical activity and celebrate art and creativity. Dances, parties, and seasonal celebrations throughout the year are open to all who are supported by Sunshine as well as their loved ones.
Sunshine's 25-acre main campus features an indoor, therapeutic pool, a large sensory room, a gym, barn, and greenhouse. Therapeutic riding is offered nearly year-round.
For those in residential and vocational programs, staff can help plan out-of-town visits with friends and family or to well-known tourist sites.

Adult Day Services

a) Does your agency offer paid employment?


- Piece Rate

- Hourly Rate

Yes - based on a time study

- Other

- Describe your paid employment opportunities.

Sunshine Communities employs crews at its two retail sites, Georgette's Fair Trade Grounds & Gifts and Sunshine Studios in Uptown Maumee. Additionally, workers package coffee at at Sunshine's Maumee campus. There, Sunshine employs workers in its barn and green house as well as on laundry, janitorial, recycling, kitchen, Super Snacks and custodial crews.

b) Does your agency offer community outings?


- Describe community outings

Visiting area historical sites
Community events
Worship services
Visiting animal shelters/Toledo Zoo
Attending and participating in sporting events
Dininng out
Attending concerts

c) Does your agency offer recreational/leisure activities?


- Describe recreational/leisure activities

Summer day camp
Ice cream socials
Group Homes visiting other Group homes - having a picnic together, going to the park together
Participation in a bell choir
Various art activities
Walks along Swan Creek on our boardwalk- sensory items to use
Utilizing the gym, sensory room
Using our indoor pool/whirlpool
Outdoor games
Hosting holiday meals for several homes
Church related activities- pancake breakfast, dinners

d) Does your agency offer volunteer opportunities?


- Describe volunteer opportunities

Reading to individuals, taking individuals for walks
Assisting individuals to participate in swimming, arts and crafts
Interacting with individuals through games
Assisting individuals to participate in events such as dances, worship services, and the annual Walk, Run & Roll.
Hosting worship services
Offering musical opportunities
Repairing, painting, building
Office tasks/clerical tasks
Helping with therapeutic horseback riding

e) Describe other activities offered

f) Does your agency have an established day services site that is in operation?


- Describe current services

Most Sunshine residents attend Sunshine's Day Habilitation program, along with people supported by other providers or who live at home.
Sunshine provides on-site medical and clinical services (occupational, physical and speech therapies) and participants in Day Habilitation have access to other activities at Sunshine's 25-acre main campus, including its pool, gym, barn, greenhouse and sensory room.
Some employees participate in community employment with support from Sunshine or are training to work in community jobs. Among our many on-site jobs is our Super Snacks cart, in which staff offer a variety of small food items to staff and visitors. Other Sunshine participants aren't able or choose not to participate in a full day of work/day habilitation ( typically 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and instead spend their days in leisure, music and art, volunteering and other activities.

g) Where is your agency’s day service site located?

One location is on our main campus on Maumee Western Road, Maumee. We have other sites scattered throughout the community.

h) What are the typical hours of your agency’s services/supports?

It is dependent on the needs of each individual. In the main facility (the ICF/IID) , formerly known as Sunshine Children's Home, there are direct support staff around-the-clock, as well as nursing staff. If a resident is living in a group home and works during the day, staff would be there in the mornings and then once they arrive from work. All group homes have overnight staff - some staff who are 3rd shift "awake" staff and others in which the residents have no overnight needs and the staff sleep in those homes. Supported living would operate basically in a similar manner- staff hours are based on the needs of the individual - some may require minimal support while others require 24-hour supervision.

i) Describe a typical day for an individual who receives your agency’s day services?

There is no typical day at Sunshine. It varies by day, by activity and - most of all - by the person involved. For example, one person in Sunshine's day habilitation program, might be at a community job site all day. Another person may spend the entire day in leisure, skill-building activities and therapy. A third might spend part of the day working and the rest of the day in another activity.
Likewise, some individuals may prefer to live in a campus setting in Maumee; others might prefer a family care home or supported living.
Admissions staff explores the possibilities with each individual and their loved ones, tailoring activities to the individuals' preferences, skills and gifts.

j) Is your day service agency certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, or licensed by the Ohio Board of Nursing to administer medication?


k) Does your agency provide non-medical transportation?


l) How long has your agency been providing day services in Lucas County to individuals with developmental disabilities?

4 to 6 years

m) Date your agency began providing Adult Day Services (month/year):

January 2007

n) How many individuals does your day program serve?

41 or more

Does your agency provide Adult Day Services?