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Annual Awards to be given in January
The awards portion of our November meeting will be moved forward to our January 9th meeting. Our general meeting will be held as scheduled November 14th at 1:00 p.m. in the  ATP room.

Dr. Ramey Rao resigns
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
After nine years of service to residents of Fircrest our dentist, Dr. Ramesh (Ramey) Rao is moving on. His last day will be November 12th. "it's time for a change", he said. He hopes to enter private practice after a well deserved holiday. His very personal manner and concern for our loved ones will be missed.

King 5 Visits Fircrest
Monday, October 26, 2015
King 5 is busy preparing a report concerning DSHS Services to people with developmental disabilities. Susannah Frame, an investigative reporter for King 5 visited Fircrest as part of her story.  The report will air in segments sometime in November.  She said we will know the time from announcements made on King 5 news. Picture shows King 5 camera crew at work.

Alice Hardman celebrates 90 years
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Alice Hardman was honored Saturday at a meeting of the Friends of Fircrest for her 47 years of dedicated and faithful service to Fircrest residents and families as social worker and guardian. The Friends of Fircrest President's Award was presented to her by her son Jim.
     The presentation was followed by her 90th birthday gala. Many family members and friends were on hand to wish her well.  A beautiful cake and great food were served and the SeaSharp barbershop quartet entertained including singing especially to Alice.

Support the Fircrest Art and Garden Program -- buy a t-shirt.  This volunteer program is a hit with residents, but needs your support.  Your purchase of a t-shirt will give the gift of art to a resident at Fircrest RHC. Let people know who you support when you wear an art program t-shirt. Order now.  Click here for order form.  complete it and mail it in.

Fircrest School is a residential center located on 85 acres of wooded and open spaces, within the city of Shoreline, Washington.  

Fircrest School is a full service, therapeutic community serving a diverse population of about 220 residents with developmental intellectual disabilities.  Campus based, it features shared homes within a skilled nursing facility and an intermediate care facility.  Centralized medical, therapeutic and recreational services are provided in both programs for long-term residents as well as for people who need short-term, respite care or crisis intervention.  Each resident's care is individualized as determined by an interdisciplinary team which includes the person's guardian or parent.

The Fircrest nursing home program (NF/IDD) is the only federally certified skilled nursing facility in Western Washington licensed for the long term care of people with developmental, intellectual disabilities.  It provides individualized health care and activities for people with unique medical challenges.  Repeatedly, the program has been named one of the nation’s top nursing homes by the Consumer’s Research Council of America.

The Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/ID) provides individualized habilitative services that support and enhance each person's skills and strengths.  This includes individualized adult training work programs and recreation, both on and off campus.

Fircrest School is close to major medical and educational facilities that support the individuals who live at Fircrest School.  Its location allows residents the opportunity to participate in many of the sporting, cultural and outdoor events held in the Seattle area.

Why is it important to have Fircrest as part of a continuum of care?
      “We are very happy with and grateful for Fircrest. It was a lifesaver and a wonderful place for our daughter. For the first time in her life she can say she has friends. She has wonderful activities that would have been impossible for us to provide on our own or for her to access through living in a group home.
       And last but not least, due to her complex and sometimes impulsive and dangerous behavior, with her living at Fircrest we can now sleep at night knowing that she is safe.”
          ...Parent of Fircrest resident.

Admission to Fircrest School is coordinated through DDA Region 2 Field Services staff. More admission information here.


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Friends of Fircrest is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization advocating for the rights to quality living choices for all people with developmental disabilities.

Fircrest School
15230 15th NE
Shoreline, WA 98155
(206) 361-3594

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We need your coffee grounds
We can use them for the Worm Project at Art/Nutrition/ATP Programs. Coffee grounds are used in the worm beds. They are a form of nutrition and odor control. Read related article, VIP Vermi Crew Delivers Garden Worms to the Community

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