Omelagah Inc. 2016
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The “O” Zone Newsletter
Message for the CEO: 

The end of the calendar year and start of the new year, has always been an important time of self reflection for me. Each year, I take a hard look at areas in my life that I can improve on and I bring the same reflection and analysis to our work at Omelagah, Inc. It is important to take the time to reflect back on what we did well as an organization and take a hard look at areas we can improve on in the new year.

2016 has been another great year for Omelagah, Inc. As I write this message, we have 150 team members providing support services to 40 individuals throughout Northern California. My words cannot express how proud I am of this accomplishment. 6 years ago we started providing services to 1 young man transitioning out of Porterville Developmental Center with 6 team members in total. Meeting the needs of the people we serve, while providing many opportunities of employment to adding to our growing team of dedicated staff. Everyday I am impressed with the work that our team does. Big or small every contribution counts and impacts the lives of the people we serve.

Although 2016 was a great year, there are many areas we can improve on in 2017. Our goal has always been to provide the highest quality community-based services to a very challenging population and our efforts towards this goal must be  ongoing. We must continue to strive to improve our services and not become complacent in our work. This year I challenge all team members to identify at least one area in your work that you can improve on. We all can improve, in fact we must if we want to continue to be good role models and supports for the people we serve.

Thank you for all of your contributions. 2017 will be another great year of growth both individually and together as an organization focused on one mission.

Matthew A. Omelagah, CEO
2016 Employee of the Year - Steven Daniel, Omelagah Inc., North Bay Program
2016 Employee of the Year - Steven Daniel, North Bay Program
Steven Daniel has been a Direct Service Professional in North Bay Adaptive Skills Training Program for approximately two years.  He came to Omelagah Inc. willing and eager to learn about developmental disabilities and behavior management. When Steven was introduced to his first client he was unaware of the challenges that he would face.  Steven learned how to use senses, other than hearing, to listen to his hearing impaired client.  He learned how to read body language and to be able to communicate using gestures, writing and minimal sign language.  Mostly, Steven spent an extraordinary amount of time just learning as much as he could about his client.  This provided him with wonderful insights to his behaviors and his past, making Steven an even more effective DSP.   He was also introduced to his client's room mate, who had a rich history of behavior disruption.  Instead of drawing the line and saying to his room mates staff person "this is your client so you deal with him and I'll deal with my client," Steven grabbed the bull by the horns and made it his business to have a deep knowledge and understanding of his client's room mate as well.   This meant that he could lend greater support to his co-worker, provide better service to his own client, meet the needs of both men when necessary and contribute to a greater sense of harmony in the home.  Steven has proven to be conscientious, trustworthy, skilled and uniquely professional.  - Paula Sifflet, Program Director, North Bay
Enjoying a nice day by the San Francisco Bay
Waldo House, Sausalito, CA
Waldo House has been with Omelagah, Inc. for two years now!  We have seen significant growth and development during these two years.  In 2016 we have had two people move in and one person has graduated from our program with another scheduled to transition in January 2017!
As a Crisis Facility, we do not always have the opportunity to see the longer term stability that the people that come through our program are able to achieve.  This year has provided us with the opportunity to experience more of that than we typically do!  We are so excited for the people that have achieved that stability and are able to move to less restrictive placements.n In addition to the two people actively transitioning, we have others that are ready to move when a placement is available that suits them well! We have had many staff that continue to do amazing work with us two years out and new staff that have become integral parts of our team! We are looking forward to the coming year and everything it brings!
- Sheri Lott, Waldo Home Administrator
The Omelagah Inc. clients and staff visiting a local senior home in Hayward, CA
Bridges Home, Hayward, CA - Kolu Sokodolo, House Manager
During the year, staff, led by current House Manager, Kolu Sokodolo and former House Manager, Victor Cardona, have worked diligently in maintaining a comfortable place for the clients, to ensure that the Bridges Home is truly a place that clients are proud to call Home. Clients participate daily in maintaining the Home, and participate in various activities on a daily basis. Working as a team is a constant focus for both clients and staff. In teaching clients about giving back, clients recently put together blankets and pillows which were donated to Childrens' Hospital and a local retirement center. In a continuing effort to prepare clients for independent living, staff have engaged clients in the step-by step process of meal preparation, money management and independent life skills, including anger management and building of self esteem in addition to working with clients on positive relationship building. Clients participate in planning the community events calendar as well as the monthly menu  Focusing on the goals set forth in the Independent Service Plan (ISP), staff work with each client to reach their specific goals and when necessary, consult with the Home's behaviorist for guidance.  - Lorenzo Pennix, Bridges Home Administrator
Visiting the local firestation in Redwood City, CA
Avenue Home - Redwood City, CA - Raquel Magdaleno, House Manager
The Avenue Home staff, under the leadership of House Manager, Raquel Magdaleno, has worked with clients this year on a myriad of activities, both in the Home and community. Activities in the Home include shared experiences in - build your own pizza, karaoke night, pool tournaments and scrap book/crafts night, to name a few. Clients are encouraged to submit ideas for community engagements and the selection of food items of their liking to be included on the monthly menu. In an effort to instill community pride, clients regularly canvass the area near the home and pick up trash and debris and dispose of properly. Staff have encouraged clients to be active in their community and assisted them in enrolling in community events such as Zumba, Karate and participating in the American Heart Association's Awareness Walks. During the year, clients have volunteered in serving food at a local shelter, to those less fortunate in the community. In an effort to maintain a healthy lifestyle, staff have worked consistently with clients in making healthy food choices and educating them on how to read food labels when making purchases. Given the clients' limited income, money management is a continuous focus for staff to work with clients on and assisting them in stretching their dollar by comparison shopping.  - Lorenzo Pennix, The Avenue Home Administrator

The Administrative Team led by Ebony Omelagah, Director of Administration strives to provide the best administrative support to our staff so that you can focus on working with individuals we serve.  We implemented the Paylocity HR/Payroll system to work towards achieving that goal by providing more self service options in the system for easier access to employee information. Additionally, we have implemented time clocks at each our our locations to provide you with ease of accurately capturing your time worked. 

The Administrative team will be moving to Hayward, CA in January 2017. Hayward, CA is centrally located to our programs and homes continue to provide a high level of support to our program team.  Our new office address is located 22535 2nd St., Suite 250, Hayward, CA 94541.

For support relating to HR needs please email and email payroll for Payroll related questions. 
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