Max Higbee Center Max Higbee Center's Member of the Month
2017 has been a year of big changes for Alec. He graduated from Community Transitions last spring, turned 21 in June, got a job at Cascade DAFO and started going to Max Higbee Center. Alec loves going to MHC! He loves all of the activities, making new friends, getting out in the community and the staff here at the center. Alec can be found on any given day working on a puzzle or word search. He also enjoys computer games, singing, Disney movies and board games. Alec really excels at yoga as well! His parents told us that he is always eager to help around the house and enjoys gardening and keeping the bird feeders full. Thanks for joining us here at MHC, Alec! Congratulations on being Member of the Month!
We are excited to announce Kodie as October’s Member of the Month! Kodie has been a member at MHC for around 3 years now and is such a joy to have around. On any given day, she can be found drawing pictures and creating funny stories to go along with them. When we approached her about being October Member of the Month, rather than letting us ask questions and take notes, she grabbed the paper and took it upon herself to tell us about things she enjoys! A few from that list: blue, stop motion movies, books, animals (Maine Coon cats to be specific), art, and the planets. Kodie has also recently started a card making business with her mom that highlights some of her drawings—stop by MHC Art Walk to check them out sometime! We’ve watched Kodie grow into a bright and humorous adult who loves to laugh. Congratulations, Kodie! Thank you for hanging out with us at the center!
We are delighted to announce that September member of the month goes to Cindy! On a weekend night, you can find her at MHC, in one of her awesome t-shirts (a favorite of ours is space kitties), ready for a fun night! Cindy is adventurous and loves to try new things when she comes to Max Higbee, such as Martial Arts and exploring new places in Bellingham. When there is downtime, it is guaranteed that she will be showing off her signature dance moves when her favorite band, the Beatles, comes on. Her smile lights up the whole room! When we asked her friends what they like most about her, they said her smile and her sense of humor! We couldn't agree more. When Cindy is not at the center, she likes to vacuum and hang out with her dog. She is a caring, thoughtful, and happy person that brings so much positivity to MHC! Congratulations, Cindy! Keep being awesome!
August Member of the Month goes to a very special lady—LaToya McAlister! LaToya recently celebrated her 36th birthday, so what a fitting time to recognize her as one of MHC’s fabulous friends. When we say fabulous we mean it! LaToya is often found sporting her glamorous sunglasses and fancy hand bag filled with lotions and trinkets. If you’ve ever met her, you’d know how much she loves her mom and how happy she is to have her new nephew, LaRico. It has been an exciting summer for her! During the MHC Campout, LaToya decided to take the lead on our hike. We were so impressed watching her comfortably lead the group and push herself to explore the great outdoors! LaToya is also known her incredibly helpful nature. She is always so willing to lend a helping hand to whomever needs it. Thank you for being such a great friend to everyone here at MHC, LaToya! Congratulations!
It is a great pleasure to announce Jeff Lane as July’s Member of the Month. Jeff has been a member of MHC for decades and over this time he has grown to be a welcoming and wonderful part of the center. From greeting new guests, to asking staff and members about their day, Jeff is a ray of sunshine here at MHC. Jeff excitedly participated in the Winter Play, "All Around the City" as the show stopping Santa Claus. You can catch him at the center sharing jokes and photos, hanging with his wife, Rachell and doing hilarious impressions of folks around the center.
Everyone raise a glass of Diet Pepsi to Jeff Lane, who does a magnificent job at representing what it means to be a member of the Max Higbee family.
Our July Member of the Month is Noah Luckmann! Noah participates in the rec mentoring program, where every week he furthers his fitness goals! Noah often goes for lengthy walks and practices soccer, but he really likes riding the adaptive bike! Noah flies down the trail, working his muscles as he observes nature’s wonders around him. He comments on many things he notices, especially animals. Noah loves animals! Which means his work schedule is perfectly tailored to him. Twice a week Noah works as a dog walker, walking Django on Mondays and Ziggy on Wednesdays. Lucky dogs! Well, lucky horses, too, because on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, Noah works at Pediatric NDT and SI Therapy Services, a horse ranch out in Lynden. On Wednesdays Noah makes the soft transition from ranch life to farm life, and goes to work the land at Bellingham Country Gardens. Up until very recently, Noah was also able to volunteer at Animals as Natural Therapy Windy Acres Farm, though sadly that volunteering opportunity has ended. In the seemingly miniscule moments that he has free time, Noah’s number one hobby is video collecting (specifically VHS tapes! Nothing else will do!). He also likes thrift shops and music stores, along with just spending quality time at home, or playing with his family and caregivers. Noah is a very funny, enthusiastic, and super great person! Congratulations, Noah, on being the Member of the Month. Now feel free to take a little break. You’ve earned it!
Our May Member of the Month is Tak Taubel! Tak has been coming to CAP when his very busy schedule allows. He is currently a student in the Community Transitions program in Bellingham, and he loves it! Tak just finished up the soccer season, and with summer practically upon us, Tak pointed out, “I like swimming.” Almost time to hit the beach, Tak! As if his weekdays weren't busy enough, on Sundays Tak likes going to youth group at his church. Tak said he likes reading the books we have at the Max Higbee Center, and he definitely likes music, stating that he especially likes the guitar, drums, and the piano. When he gets hungry from running himself practically ragged, Tak really likes going out to eat. He said his favorite food is hot dogs, though his mother seemed skeptical, so he agreed that his favorite food is noodles! And onions, apparently! What an underrated vegetable! Tak also likes watching movies, talking sports, and loves haircuts! But Tak really seems to know his superheroes! When asked who his favorite superhero is, he responded, “Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Captain America…,” though he's also discussed Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Spiderman, and agreed that Wonder Woman is cool. Tak is a very polite person, and says “please” a lot around here. Well, thank you, Tak! And congratulations!
Walk in to the Max Higbee Center on any given Friday or Saturday night and you'll encounter Mr. Darren Osborne. You will most likely hear his warm salutations over any conversation from any point in the room. For the month of May, MHC has the distinguished honor of recognizing long-standing member Darin Osborne with the designation of April Member of the Month. We thank you for the sincerity of your personality, we thank you for your kind, humorous nature and we thank you for what you freely give of yourself to our community.
Darin, here's looking forward to the next time "I'm here."
March Member of the Month goes to the one and only.... Phineas Ripper! Phin is one of our newer members here at Max Higbee Center and we couldn't be more excited to have him around! He is helpful, funny, and everyone's friend! Phin is an avid Weekend Program attendee and loves to try new things. Though he likes all the fun things we do at program, when asked what his all-time favorite activities are he said "Martial Arts and cooking at the Co-Op. My Favorite thing we have made is Pizza Cupcakes." Yum! When he is not at Max Higbee, he is busy being a student at Whatcom Middle School. We learned recently that Phin likes MHC so much he talks about it with his friends at school on the regular! During the summer, Phin is a mentor at FACES northwest, which is the perfect role for him because he is such a great helper. Congrats, Phin! You rock!
February's Member of the Month goes to Teri Smith! It has been so great getting know this gal during our Community Access Program. She is known for her humor as she is always making jokes and laughing with us. My goodness, her laugh is contagious! Teri is also deaf, and it is such a treat when she teaches us different signs. She has expanded our skills in communication through gesture, humor and patience, and we are so appreciative of her! Teri loves greeting everyone and everything, stopping to smell the flowers, and taking in the Bellingham scenery. It's easy to tell when she appreciates something because she will smile and nod in approval. Two things that she definitely appreciates is being at home and being at the Max Higbee Center. When she takes off at the end of the day, she always makes sure to let us know when she will be back again. Thank you for being so thoughtful, Teri, we hope you always keep coming back!
Max Higbee Center's Member of the Month