Newsletter

April Newsletter - Autism Awareness & Acceptance

On World Autism Awareness Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to promote the full participation of all people with autism, and ensure they have the necessary support to be able to exercise their rights and fundamental freedoms.
— Secretary-General António Guterres, United Nations
 

World Autism Awareness 2019

Did you know April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day? And April is World Autism Awareness Month! Help us spread the word about autism awareness this month by using #AutismAwareness19

 
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Join DD Advocacy on April 30th

Join the upcoming GO! Project DD Advocacy Day at the Oregon State Capitol on April 30th. Members of Community Pathways’ team, Build A Movement participants, and advocates will be going. The GO! Project Advocacy Team will be available at the Capitol to give you information, training, and support before talking with legislators. Come be an advocate!

Learn more about the GO! Project and DD advocacy at www.oregoniddcoalition.org

Legislator Lookup - Find your legislators (State Senator and House Representative).

 
Three women standing together for a photo at the DD Advocacy Day at the Capitol building in Salem. The woman in the middle holds a sign with the words, “Support DD Services.” Photo taken by Oregon DD Coalition staff member.

Three women standing together for a photo at the DD Advocacy Day at the Capitol building in Salem. The woman in the middle holds a sign with the words, “Support DD Services.” Photo taken by Oregon DD Coalition staff member.

 
 

General Resource Guide

Find Direct Support (and clients)

Oregon Home Care Commission's (OHCC) Registry and Referral System - Find a provider to deliver direct support, or connect with an individual seeking direct support.

Food and Shelter 

211 Info - Find information on food shelters, warming/cooling centers, and shelters.

Oregon Food Bank's Food Finder - Find a food bank near you.

Portland Farmers Market - many of the markets accept SNAP benefits.

Health and Safety

Additional Needs Registry - Program for individuals in Portland and Multnomah county to share additional needs with 9-1-1 police and fire responders in case of emergencies.

Mental Health Crisis Lines

Clackamas County Crisis Line: (503) 655-8401

Multnomah County Crisis Line: (503) 988-4888

Washington County Crisis Line: (503) 291-9111

Arts and Culture 

Art Gallery at Seven Corners (2475 SE Ladd Avenue) is currently featuring works by artist Catherine Hill. Please check out the window gallery facing SE Division Street.

Public Annex - accessible urban farming and arts programming.

PHAME Academy - a school of the arts and performance serving adults with disabilities.

Social Events and Outdoor Activities

Off the Couch Events - socialization and educational program for differently-abled adults.

Adventure Without Limits - provides access to outdoor adventure to all people regardless of abilities, socio-economic gender, gender, ethnicity, or age.

Portland Parks and Recreation’s Adaptive & Inclusive Recreation - A program that offers, “community-based recreation activities and leisure services specially designed for children, teens, and adults who have a disability and/or special needs.”

Tech and Gaming

Guardian Games event calendar - Community calendar of gaming events.

Free Geek - provides volunteer opportunities and classes to enable digital access and education to create community that empowers people to realize their potential.

Fidgetech - A community for young adults on the autism spectrum to learn technologies, uncover interests and talents, develop skills, and achieve goals.

Do you have a resource you would like us to share? Email Kristine at kolson@communitypath.org or contact a personal agent. Thanks!

 

Spring Photo Gallery - Share your photos with us!

The CPI Team is so excited that it's finally Spring. April brings longer days, bluer skies, more frequent "sun breaks", and much needed doses of Vitamin D—and more time spent outside! To celebrate the coming of Spring, members of the CPI team are sharing their favorite Spring-time photos with us all. We hope these beautiful images inspire people to spend time outside and share their photos with us!

Want to share your own Spring photos with the community? Please do!

How to Submit Photos to the Community Pathways Newsletter:

  1. Send photos as .PNG or .JPEG file attachments to kolson@communitypath.org (Subject: Spring Photos for Newsletter).

  2. Please include a title or brief description of each photo, such as “Mt Hood View” or “St Johns Bridge”.

 

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March Newsletter

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News Topics

  • DD Awareness Month #DDAwareness19

  • Individual & Provider Highlight

  • DD Advocacy Days in Salem

  • Build A Movement on March 8th

  • Customer Survey on Gaming Events

  • Resources for Individuals & Providers

March is DD Awareness Month! 

Help us spread awareness about developmental disabilities this month and every month. Follow along with us on Facebook to help us support, advocate for, and empower individuals and families experiencing developmental disabilities in Oregon and beyond. Please use #DDAwareness19 and #support #advocate #empower in your own social media posts.

In honor of DD Awareness Month, we’re excited to be sharing the story of Chris and William, an individual and a provider team who volunteer together to collect and give hygiene products (toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, etc.) to people experiencing houselessness in Portland. Learn more about their community service by reading their story below.


Thanks for reading! Questions or comments? Let us know. Email Kristine at kolson@communitypath.org or call (503) 935-5243 ext. 228. We value your feedback.

Enjoy the rest of your week!
-Team Community Pathways


Image of artwork by Gary Murrel including the words #DDawareness19 and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Image Source: https://nacdd.org/ddam/

Image of artwork by Gary Murrel including the words #DDawareness19 and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Image Source: https://nacdd.org/ddam/


Feature Story: Individual and Provider Volunteer to Give Hygiene Products to Portland’s Houseless

Chris and William recently met with our staff to share their experiences as an individual-customer and support provider volunteering together to collect and give hygiene products to people experiencing houselessness in Portland.

William, who works as a direct support provider, explains that he started serving people living without a house in Portland by using his own money to buy hot meals for people who might not be able to afford one. With time, his attention shifted to hygiene products because he wanted to provide longer-lasting support to people. By providing people with hygiene products they are able to stay more clean and healthy despite not having direct access to basic amenities.

 Chris, who is involved in many service projects through his church, quickly joined William's efforts when he learned about them. The volunteer duo share that with the support of Chris’ church congregation they were able to collect enough hygiene products to fill over 100 small backpacks to create what Chris refers to as “hygiene packs.” Targeting areas around the Burnside Bridge and Pioneer Square, Chris says they were able to give most of the hygiene packs away in a short span of time. The pair note the high demand for hygiene products among people living without a house in Portland highlights the larger housing crisis the City is experiencing.

Asked if they are still collecting products, or interested in continuing this project together, Chris and William both say yes. They would like to continue providing support to their community in this way, and welcome donations and support in their efforts.

Asked if he’s working on other service projects, as well, Chris shares that he regularly volunteers with his church. Primarily, he helps sew and assemble sanitary pads that are donated by the church to an organization in Africa that provides support to women in need. As an aside, William points out that it would be helpful to include disposable sanitary pads in the hygiene packs they make for people living in Portland.

What products do Chris and William currently collect for the hygiene packs? In travel sizes, they collect: tooth brushes, tooth paste, mouth wash, floss, shampoo, soap, razors, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, bottles of water, and snacks. Q-tips, toilet paper, nail clippers and disposable sanitary pads are also appreciated. They are also open to suggestions.

If you would like to learn more about Chris’ and William’s service project(s), or would like to donate toward their cause, please let us know. Contact Kristine at kolson@communitypath.org or (503) 935-5243 ext. 228.


DD Advocacy Days in Salem

Image description: A group of advocates sitting around a conference room listening to a presentation on legislative advocacy at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem in February 2019./Oregon DD Coaltion at https://www.facebook.com/ORDDCoalition/photos

Image description: A group of advocates sitting around a conference room listening to a presentation on legislative advocacy at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem in February 2019./Oregon DD Coaltion at https://www.facebook.com/ORDDCoalition/photos

 

Join us at the next DD Advocacy Day in Salem on Tuesday, March 5th (10am - 2pm). Community Pathways is joining the Oregon Developmental Disability Coalition's GO! Project Advocacy Team and self-advocates to help support DD rights and services during the 2019 Legislative Session. Come learn about legislative advocacy and how you can make your voice heard!

Sign up to get the GO! Project Bulletin (newsletter) for the latest advocacy updates. Visit https://orddcoalition.org/go-project/


Upcoming Event: Build A Movement Meeting

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Image description: Build A Movement event flyer.

Community Pathways is proud to help sponsor and support the next Build A Movement (BAM) meeting of self-advocates on March 8th. BAM participants are self-advocates living in the Portland area who work together to address issues related to DD Services, Housing, and Healthcare. To learn more about BAM and how to get involved, contact Jennifer Knapp at knapp@cvision.org or (971) 347-7825.


Customer Survey on Gaming Events

Do you like playing board games, video games, Virtual reality, etc.? Let us know by taking a short survey on gaming events.

Community Pathways invites individuals-customers to take a short 5 question, confidential survey to let us know if you’re interested in joining a gaming event or group. Our team would love to host a game night or gaming event here at Community Pathways. But, first, we need your feedback!

The survey asks 5 questions and takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. You can take the survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FPWPD9Z

Request a paper copy to be mailed to you, with a stamped return envelope, by emailing Kristine at kolson@communitypath.org or calling (503) 935-5243 ext. 228. You may also contact your PA who can request the survey be mailed to you.

Deadline: April 15, 2019

We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you!


Resources for Individuals and Providers

Please let us know if you have additional recommendations for resources Community Pathways can share with individuals-customers and providers online. Thank you! Call (503) 935-5243

Find a Provider (or individual to support)

OHCC Registry and Referral System: https://or-hcc.org/Welcome/Login?serviceGroupId=2

Food and Shelter

211 Info: http://211info.org/

Oregon Food Bank: https://www.oregonfoodbank.org/

Health and Safety

Additional Needs Registry: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/586275

Arts and Culture

The Gallery at Seven Corners Collaborative (2475 SE Ladd Ave, Portland, OR 97214)

Public Annex: http://www.publicannex.org/

PHAME Academy: https://www.phamepdx.org/

Activity Groups and Recreation

Off the Couch Activities: http://www.offthecouchevents.org/

Adventure Without Limits: https://www.awloutdoors.org/tripcalendar

Adaptive & Inclusive Recreation (City of Portland): https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/39830

Tech and Gaming

Guardian Games: http://www.ggportland.com/calendar/

Free Geek: https://www.freegeek.org/

Fidgetech: http://fidgetech.org/


Do you have more resource recommendations? Please help us share them with the community.
Contact Kristine at kolson@communitypath.org or (503) 935-5243 ext. 228. Thank you!

February 2019 Newsletter

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February 2019

With the rain pelting down in true Oregon fashion, we hope you're all staying dry and warm. A friendly reminder that our office will be closed this coming Monday, 2/18, in observance of Presidents' Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, 2/19, at 9 AM.

Continue reading for our latest news and updates. Have a wonderful weekend!

-The CPI Team

Questions or comments about the newsletter? Call Kristine at (503) 935-5243 ext. 228

Topics Inside

DD Advocacy

Art Around Town

Calling All Gamers - Take Our Survey

Food & Shelter Resources

NWDSA’s DS + Autism Workshop

Survey on Case Management


Group image of self-advocates, support providers, advocates, and legislators at a Build A Movement (BAM) event in Portland. Courtesy of Jennifer Knapp.

Group image of self-advocates, support providers, advocates, and legislators at a Build A Movement (BAM) event in Portland. Courtesy of Jennifer Knapp.

DD Advocacy

DD Advocacy Days in Salem: This past week, members of our team joined the Oregon Developmental Disability Coalition's GO! Project Advocacy Team at the State Capitol in Salem to participate in the DD Advocacy Day on 2/12 and show support to people testifying on behalf of DD services at the Ways and Means public hearing on 2/13. We invite you to join in advocacy during the 2019 Legislative Session to share your story and help support funding for DD services in Oregon. Your voice and story matter to legislators!


Save the Date! Build A Movement (BAM), an advocacy initiative organized by Self-Advocates Taking Action, will be holding an event and training on March 8th. Self-advocates, support providers, and advocates are all welcome to join. Please stay tuned for full event details. We'll post them on our website and Facebook page soon. Questions? Contact Jennifer Knapp at jknapp@cvision.org. C

Acrylic painting on canvas hanging in the reception area of Community Pathways’ office. Courtesy of CPI.

Acrylic painting on canvas hanging in the reception area of Community Pathways’ office. Courtesy of CPI.

Art Around Town

See the Field of View 2018 Residency Exhibit at Wollf Gallery before it closes on February 24th. The exhibit is a collaboration between Wollf Gallery and Public Annex. It features works by Alma Bate, Job Erickson, John Griffiths, and Michael Sherman. Free and open to the public. All are welcome! 

You're invited to Multnomah County I/DD's Art Show and Reception on February 26th from 1to 4 PM. It will be held in the Pine Room of the 5 Oak Building at 209 SW 4th Avenue in Portland. Free and open to the public, the art show and reception will feature works and performances by developmentally diverse artists and musicians.

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White Sony Ps4 dualshock on wood table. Stock image from Pexels.

Gaming Opportunities in Portland Metro area

Calling all gamers! At Community Pathways, we know many people who share a passion for games, whether they play board games, video games, or virtual reality games.

We’re curious to know if the individuals we serve and their support networks would be interested in attending game events at Community Pathways. Let us know by taking this online survey.

If you would like the survey emailed to you, or a printed copy mailed to you, please call Kristine at (503) 935-5243 ext. 228. Thank you!

We recommend checking out Guardian Games’ Calendar for upcoming gaming events in Portland.

Food & Shelter Resources

A reminder that February SNAP benefits were allocated in January and participants, including customers of Community Pathways, are being advised to carefully budget their benefits for the rest of this month. We recommend visiting www.211info.org or calling 2-1-1 and using the Oregon Food Bank's Food Finder to locate food pantries and shelters during these cold winter months. Check out our Facebook page for regular resource updates.

Volunteers preparing to deliver food boxes to individuals in need of assistance. Courtesy of CPI.

Volunteers preparing to deliver food boxes to individuals in need of assistance. Courtesy of CPI.

NWDSA’s “We All Belong: Dual Diagnosis Down Syndrome/Autism” workshop on February 21st

The Northwest Down Syndrome Association (NWDSA) is holding a We All Belong: Dual Diagnosis Down Syndrome/Autism workshop on Thursday, February 21st from 6 to 8:30 PM. The workshop will be held in the Multnomah Education Service District’s Auditorium at 11611 Northeast Ainsworth Circle in Portland. This event is aimed at individuals and families experiencing Down syndrome and Autism, as well as professionals who support individuals with a dual diagnosis. The workshop provides, “community, research, tools and tips to support families and help build life-long learners.”

Registration is required. Families, please register using this link. Professionals, please register using this webpage. Both links provide access to registration information in English and Español.

Oregon Survey on I/DD Case Management - Your Feedback Matters!

Individuals and their families are encouraged to take the Oregon Survey on I/DD Case Management Roles and Responsibilities.The survey is confidential and takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Take the survey online at https://healthmanagement.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cNhb2rfSnFNeJwh

See the original message from Lilia Teninty, Director, Office of Developmental Disabilities Services on  Oregon DHS' website. The DHS Office of Developmental Disabilities Services is, "seeking participants in a voluntary, confidential survey about the functions of I/DD case management--what is working well, and what could be better."

December 2018 Newsletter - Happy Holidays!

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As December comes quickly to an end, we are reminded to take a moment to reflect on the past year as we think ahead to the new year to come. 2018 was a special year for Community Pathways, highlighted by several milestones and important changes:

  • We moved to the Seven Corners Collaborative in June.

  • We launched a new website.

  • We celebrated CPI’s 10th anniversary as a support services brokerage in July.

  • The Grand Opening of The Seven Corners Collaborative in September was a hit.

  • Info fairs and self-advocacy events helped us to connect with more people and resources in the community and share what Community Pathways does as a support services brokerage.

  • Several new staff members were added to our growing team.

  • The introduction of the Oregon Needs Assessment (ONA) led to the creation of three new ONA Assessor positions on our team. We are grateful that two of these positions were able to be filled by existing staff members.

  • Over the course of the past year, we’ve gained over 60 new followers on Facebook, helping us to connect with more people and to make more resources accessible online.

  • Our capacity has grown from serving 450 to 475 individuals.

Thank you to everyone who has helped make 2018 an extra special year for Community Pathways. We are grateful for the individuals and community we serve and look forward to connecting with more of you in 2019.

Happy Holidays!

-The CPI Team


2018 News Recap

website launch & online resources

Earlier this year, Community Pathways redesigned and launched a new website to help us make the information and resources we connect people with more accessible online. We are also excited to be connecting with more individuals, families and providers through our website and Facebook page. The update was guided by feedback from individuals, providers, and members of our staff and board. This feedback also informs our use of Facebook, which has helped us gain over 60 new followers this year!  Please, leave a comment or review to share your experience of us and help more people get to know us better. Thank you!

We Moved!

Visit us at the Seven Corners Collaborative

 
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Come visit us at our new location in the Seven Corners Collaborative in southeast Portland. We moved to this new building in June. It is designed to be universally accessible. We are grateful to be sharing this building with our partners Community Vision, FACT Oregon, and the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities. Visitors are welcome to tour the Assistive Technology Lab and test out the accessible kitchen. Just ask!

Our new location and address:

2475 SE Ladd Avenue, Suite 220, Portland, OR 97214

10th anniversary celebration

 
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Community Pathways' celebrated its 10th anniversary as a support services brokerage in July. We hosted a party and invited the individuals we serve, their families and providers, our staff members, board members, and partner organizations to celebrate with us. It was a fun and meaningful opportunity for the community to gather and create fun memories together. We are grateful for the individuals and community we serve. Thank you to New Seasons-Seven Corners for donating food toward the event. We are glad to have neighbors that want to partner with us and support our mission of assisting people with disabilities to live empowered, self-determined lives through community connections. Thank you to everyone who joined us for this celebration!

Grand Opening of Seven Corners Collaborative

 
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The Grand Opening of the Seven Corners Collaborative building in September was a success. Over 200 people attended the opening, including some of the individuals we serve, their families and providers. We’re grateful to Teote for generously donating delicious food toward the event. The Grand Opening was a wonderful opportunity to get to know our neighbors, community partners, and the individuals and families we all serve. Thank you to everyone who joined us!

Changes to our staff - New Hires & New Roles

 
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Admin Staff:

This fall, Olivia joined our team as the full-time Administrative Assistant. She is the first person many people connect with when they contact and visit our office. Kaaren, who was recently named Self Advocate of the Year by OSAC, just started her position as Front Desk Support and helps greet people and answer calls when Olivia is away from the front desk. Tracy has returned to our team after living abroad for a year. She provides much appreciated help with filing. Meet our team.

ONA Assessors:

The introduction of the Oregon Needs Assessment (ONA) this year led to the creation of three ONA Assessor positions on our team. We are glad to have filled two of the three roles with existing staff members. All three ONA Assessors bring diverse experience and compassion to their positions. More information about the ONA will be provided in 2019. Meet our ONA Assessors. If you have questions, ask a PA or contact us.

Info Fairs & Outreach

 
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Community Pathways attended several info fairs and advocacy events this year and looks forward to connecting with more individuals and community partners this coming year. Our goal is to educate more people about support services brokerages, the process of entering into brokerage services, person-centered approaches to support services, the principles of self-determination, and self-advocacy.

The info fairs and events we attended in 2018 include:

Multnomah County Information Fair for I/DD on May 1, 2018 was well attended by families and individuals experiencing I/DD who live in Multnomah County. Learn more about Multnomah County DD services.

Clackamas County Support Services Info Nights provide an opportunity for ‘transition age’ individuals to learn about adult support services that will become available to them when they turn 18. We also welcome individuals who are 18 years of age and older who want to learn more about brokerage support services. Info nights are held at Clackamas Education Service District.
 
OHSU’s 5th Annual DD Transition Fair: A Passport to a Healthy Future.  The event was organized by The Institute on Developmental Disability (IDD) at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and held at Mount Hood Community College. The event, “emphasized a holistic approach to adolescent transition for young people (ages 12-26) who experience disability.”
 
2018 Division/Clinton Street Fair and Parade. Community Pathways helped sponsor this event and partnered with the Oregon Council on Developmental Disability to staff a booth. We enjoyed connecting with our new neighborhood in southeast Portland, sharing about available support services and self-advocacy opportunities. 8,000 visitors attended this event. Join the fun next summer at the 2019 Division/Clinton Street Fair and Parade!

We look forward to participating in these events and more in 2019. Questions? Call Kristine at (503) 935-5243 ext. 228 or email us.

Advocacy & volunteer service

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Throughout the year, members of our team volunteer with different organizations that advocate for and assist individuals with a developmental disability to live full lives in the community. Among the organizations and events that our staff members volunteer for are:

Build A Movement is an initiative led by Self-Advocates Taking Action and supported by Community Vision and support services brokerage staff. BAM helps self-advocates organize, focus on key topics, and prepare to speak with legislators about issues addressed in their planning meetings. To get involved, please email Jennifer Knapp at jknapp@cvision.org

2018 All Ability Tri4Youth organized by FACT Oregon was a major success. Two members of our staff volunteered and had a great time cheering on kids of all abilities in their events. Save the date for the event on August 10, 2019 at the Tualatin Hills Athletic Center in Beaverton. SAVE THE DATE for the 2019 All Ability Tri4Youth will be held on August 10, 2019.

2018 TASH Conference. Community Pathways, FACT Oregon, Community Vision, and OCDD helped serve on the Local Host Committee for the 2018 TASH Conference held in Portland in November. Community Pathways sponsored two advocates (one self-advocate and one parent of an individual with a developmental disability) to attend the three-day conference.

DDAC Holiday Food and Toy Box Delivery. For the past four years, staff members have volunteered to help IDDAC (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Advisory Committee), Sunshine Division (Portland Police Bureau) and Toy and Joy Makers (Portland Fire and Rescue) deliver food and toy boxes to individuals we serve.

Want to get involved? Call Kristine at (503) 935-5243 ext 228 or email us.



2019

Upcoming Advocacy Events

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Build A Movement

Join self-advocates in building a movement to address issues faced by adults with developmental disabilities living in the Portland Metro area, including housing, health care, and DD services. Questions? Email Jennifer Knapp at jknapp@cvision.org

DD Advocacy Days

Join the Oregon Developmental Disability Coalition's GO! Project Advocacy Team and join in advocacy during the 2019 Legislative Session, starting January 22nd. 2019 GO! Project Schedule


We want to hear from you - share your story

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We want to hear from you. Please consider sharing your story to help others live a more empowered, self-determined life in the community.

Please take a few minutes to leave a comment or review about Community Pathways on our Facebook page. Your reviews and comments help people visiting our page learn about who we are and what we do as a support services brokerage to assist individuals with disabilities to live empowered, self-determined lives through community connections.

Please remember: Community Pathways is a case management entity (CME) and support services brokerage. We are neither a provider agency nor the employer of direct support providers, such as personal support workers. We do assist individuals to enroll the direct support providers they choose to help them meet their needs and goals.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your PA or call our executive director Jennifer Santiago at (503) 935-5243 ext. 244. We appreciate your feedback!     


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Happy Holidays!

-The CPI Team