C.I.T.Y. News

January 2022

Happy New Year!

We hope you all had a wonderful holiday and were able to spend some time with your family and friends. This is the start of C.I.T.Y. of Support's 4th year, and (despite the constantly-changing pandemic atmosphere!), we are finding a more consistent rhythm. Our annual programs, like "We Love our C.I.T.Y." & our Graduation Celebration have become more organized, and our consistent monthly programs, like our 2nd-Weekend Playdates, V.I.P. learning groups, & C.I.T.Y. Close-Ups, are more predictable. You can always find our event calendar on our website (under "Events"), and we hope that this increased consistency will help you plan ahead & join in the fun during 2022!

2nd Weekend Great Therapy Playdate: January 9th

Our Local Leaders are hosting family playdates in different areas around the city on the 2nd weekend of each month! This is the perfect way to meet other families in your neighborhood who also have children in therapy. They are always offered at NO CHARGE for families; however, we ask that you are mindful of your RSVP. If you need to cancel, please reach out to the Local Leader in your region, so we can accommodate another guest on the waitlist.

This month, you can join us at:

NW/North Side of Chicago: Currently postponed.

Northwest Suburbs: Sunday, Jan. 9th from 10:00-11:00 at Marissa Bennett Consulting at 666 Dundee Rd., Suite #1605 in Northbrook, 60062. An RSVP is required. Please direct any questions to this region's Local Leader, Beth Deiter: hello@cityofsupport.org.

*If you/your clinic would like to host one of these FREE playdates, we would love to explore your space! Please submit a request with this form.

*If you're looking to help with coordinating C.I.T.Y. events in your neighborhood, you can learn more about our Local Leader volunteers here.

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"We Love our C.I.T.Y."

We are excited to sponsor the "We Love our C.I.T.Y." project again in 2022, helping to increase awareness and provide opportunities for sharing & celebrating these amazing children in therapy and their families. Although it's definitely more challenging with the ongoing pandemic, we have created ways to help unite our community. Wear/distribute buttons; display a sign; add our Facebook Profile frame; or join a chat! More details are coming soon! We are currently looking for businesses all around Chicagoland to serve as distribution sites for our "We Love our C.I.T.Y." buttons. Is your business able to help? If so, please email us as soon as possible, so we can advertise your participation as a local ambassador for this project: hello@cityofsupport.org.

2022 Sweet D.I.Y. Valentine Cards

Looking for a project to keep your kids occupied during these cold days? These DIY card kits are the perfect way for your kids to create personalized Valentine's Day cards while practicing therapeutic skills such as: following directions, fine motor cutting/gluing, problem-solving, sequencing, and thinking of others. They are available to purchase as a set of 6 or individually while supplies last, and 100% of the proceeds go directly back to C.I.T.Y. of Support!

Contact-free ordering & shipping is available through our website: cityofsupport.org/shop

V.I.P. Learning Groups: Spring 2022

SEVEN brand-new learning groups have been announced for February and March! We purposefully keep these groups small--limited to 10 participants each--so register now to save your spot! And keep checking back on the site, as we are continually updating our availability: learn.cityofsupport.org This 10-hour, completely-remote, and primarily self-paced course has been designed for "parents to teach the professionals." Get a rare opportunity to hear parents' perspectives on therapy, and learn how to apply them when working with children and their families.

C.I.T.Y. Close-Up: Meet Sammy

Her mom says:

"I am so proud of Sammy because she was very nervous and scared to start preschool. The first 2 days were hard at drop off but now after weeks of preschool so is so happy to be there. She cries if she has to miss a day and her teachers say she is doing amazing. Her skills have grown so much!"

You could be the next winner of our special monthly giveaway!

Comment on December's C.I.T.Y. Close-Up post in our Facebook Group featuring Sammy by Wednesday night, January 12th at 11:59 pm for YOUR chance to win a photography session in February! A winner will be randomly selected and announced on Thursday,

January 13th. We love to celebrate successes with you (whatever they may be!).

"As the founder and owner of NBS, I began helping families with special needs 15 years ago when I myself struggled with parenting my own son, who has special needs. They say it takes a village and I quickly realized that having a special needs child was a journey I couldn't go through alone. When he began early intervention at 8 months old, I was first exposed to a team of people who helped me help my son. The overwhelming feeling of gratitude I had for the clinicians who did everything they could to help my son empowered me to begin a career helping other families in my situation. My mission is simple: to give back. It has always been about giving back because I know what it is like to feel completely overwhelmed and lost navigating the day to day with my own child. Over the years I grew my business and added only the most compassionate and dedicated team members who collectively share the same passion and vision. I'm so proud of where NBS is today...we are an amazing group of individuals who wake up every day dedicating our lives to giving back in every way we can! But we can't do it alone, which is why we are so honored to be a part of the C.I.T.Y. community! The C.I.T.Y. organization allows us opportunities to give back to families and for that we will be forever grateful!"

--Jennifer Lewis

Founder, NewLine Behavioral Solutions

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