Superintendent Dr. Asha Signh says
farewell to Friends of Fircrest
Dr. Singh completes 30 years of work in our RHC system
with 24 of those years as superintendent of Fircrest
School. Friends of Fircrest added her name to their
Outstanding Service plaque as a perpetual honor.
For all the moments of all the years you have so
faithfully served the residents of Fircrest School we
Dr. Singh serves cake to Friends of Fircrest
See photo slide show
read retirement card
Watch our gardens grow
The Fircrest Campus will be experiencing a growth spurt. Two new Greenhouses and walkways
will be installed. “Just Garden” will also be erecting 3 new raised beds to enhance the
new garden/nutrition programs being put in place at ATP. Spearheading this project will
be Katia Ramirez, Psychologist and the Dietary/Nutrition Staff at Fircrest.
“Just Garden” volunteers will be on Campus on Saturday, March 21st for “the build”. Along with the actual
construction they will also be filling the beds with earth from the Cedar Grove soils
The Sallee Grant that Friends of Fircrest
was awarded last year will provide additional money to help purchase seeds, plants and other items needed for
the Greenhouses & beds.
If anyone has access to coffee grounds from Starbucks, Tully’s or an Espresso Stand, 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. So drink up, but look for the grounds!
Read related article, VIP Vermi Crew Delivers Garden Worms to the Community
Federal law would allow
SSI recipients to have more than $2,000 in savings, but
State must approve
In December, Congress passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act.
This allows individuals with disabilities who receive SSI and other government benefits to save beyond the $2,000 resource
limit, now in place, without risking loss of benefits.
To make these accounts available in Washington
House Bill 2063 must be passed.
Because of confusion between ABLE and the DD Endowment Trust, the Washington
State DD Council has prepared a simple fact sheet showing a
side-by-side comparison between the two programs. You
may view it
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
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
“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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"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and
the blind can see."
-- Mark Twain
Friends of Fircrest is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization
advocating for the rights to quality living choices for
all people with developmental disabilities.
15230 15th NE
Shoreline, WA 98155
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Friends of Fircrest
Fall 2014 Click icon to read
Support Fircrest's garden worm project with a purchase
See order form here
There are chickens coming to Fircrest