Thunder the Mini Horse and Back to School- August 2018

School is officially in session for the community as well as our residents that are still in school. The majority of our residents are still enjoying their jobs bagging groceries, washing cars, folding pizza boxes, or working on projects in our Adult Advantages Program. As we start into fall, we are starting into the Christmas Season here at Flat Rock and it is always a joyous time of year.

Event Information


Our Back to School campaign is wrapping up, and we are so grateful to all of our generous donors for helping to make this one of the best years yet!


Direct Support Professional Appreciation Week is coming up in September. These are a special kind of person what God has blessed us with to help us better serve our individuals throughout the services we offer. Do you have a story of how one of our DSP’s impacted the life of you or your loved one? Email your story to mlarkin@flatrockhomes to be featured on social media during the week of September 9th.

Christmas is always such an exciting time of year around the Flat Rock Care Center and in our Community Services program. We’re sending our new, re-vamped wish list out very soon to kick off our holiday season.

#GivingTuesday is coming up on November 27th this year! We’ll be having a reveal of what our goal is this year coming in September so make sure to follow us across social media for that update.

General Announcements

We are so thankful to the members of Flat Rock Ebenezer UMC, Bellevue First UMC, and Seybert UMC for being so willing to come in and help us. They came this month to help us get our Christmas Wish List mailer ready to send out and saved us hours or maybe days of work.

Thank you to Serenity Farms in Luckey, Ohio for bringing Thunder the Mini Therapy Horse to our Day Hab facility! The individuals absolutely loved it and are still talking about meeting him. A few pictures are below.

Items we need and Volunteer Opportunities

We are in need of clothes hangers or any material, though we need the standard size rather than the kid’s size. We are consistently in need of toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, body wash, laundry soap, and anything else that you would use on a daily basis. As Christmas begins to approach we will be looking for groups that are willing to volunteer to help us wrap gifts.

Thank you to everyone in the community who helps us at Flat Rock Homes. We appreciate your donations, time, and prayers more than you could know. And as always, for the most up to date information check our website at and all of our social media at @FlatRockHomes.


Mission Statement:

The mission of Flat Rock Homes is to provide outstanding services which transform lives of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and persons with critical needs through a dedication to caring and excellence that demonstrates Christian values.

Vision Statement:

The vision of Flat Rock Homes is to be a model organization which creates caring communities of excellence that support life-long services to persons with developmental disabilities, their families and persons with critical needs while maintaining a sound financial position.



Primary Value: All people are defined by their own strengths, abilities, and inherent value.


Value Statements: These values which guide Flat Rock Homes mission to this day are an expression of the vision and intent of our Christian founders.


Respect: Treat everyone in our diverse community, including those we serve, their families and colleagues, with dignity.

Compassion: Provide a culture of caring, treating those we serve, and family members with sensitivity and empathy.

Integrity: Adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and personal responsibility, worthy of trust.

Achievement: Inspire hope and nurture the fullest potential of the whole person, respecting physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

Teamwork: Value the contributions of all, blending the skills of individual staff members in unsurpassed collaboration.

Excellence: Deliver the best outcomes and highest quality service through the dedicated effort of every team member.

Innovation: Infuse and energize the organization, enhancing the lives of those we serve, through the creative ideas and unique talents of each team member.

Stewardship: Sustain and reinvest in our mission and extended communities by wisely managing our human, natural and material resources.

Community: Engage in collaboration with community members and organizations for service provision and advocacy.