Monthly Archives: August 2015

Overstreet’s journey: from stay-at-home mom to Jackson CRS office coordinator

Before Jennifer Overstreet gave birth to her daughter, she didn’t give much thought to the many issues that families of children with disabilities face in the state of Alabama. Today, Overstreet is a far cry from where she was 25 years ago. Recently named the new office coordinator for the CRS office in Jackson, she oversees a small office of six

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Federal reviewers visit Montgomery for CRS block grant, needs assessment review

Children’s Rehabilitation Service presented its five-year needs assessment survey results at the annual block grant review held Aug. 14 at the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). The needs assessment is conducted every five years by agencies that receive money through the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant. The survey helps state maternal and child health programs determine

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300 attend Muscle Shoals CRS carnival, wheelchair wash

Photo of train at Spring Park

Earlier this month, the CRS office in Muscle Shoals hosted the inaugural Carnival and Wheelchair Wash for children with special health care needs. The carnival, planned and coordinated by Muscle Shoals CRS staff, attracted 300 local children and adults, with 40 volunteers pitching in to wash 25 wheelchairs. The free event was held at Spring Park in Tuscumbia and included

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Birmingham-area artist volunteers time at Homewood CRS clinic

A popular art program at the CRS office in Homewood is continuing, thanks to the generosity of a Birmingham-area artist and Homewood CRS staff. Since 2005, the program – funded through a grant to VSA Alabama – has given children attending clinics at the Homewood office an opportunity to explore their artistic side while waiting for appointments. Most recently, teaching

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