Welcome to Darke County

The Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities website is in the process of being redesigned to better communicate the events and activities available to individuals and families being served by our agency. As this website continues to be developed, you will have the opportunity to view current news articles, participate in surveys, become familiar with staff employed by our agency, and learn more about the programs and services provided to individuals with developmental disabilities living in Darke County.

This website provides interactive opportunities to obtain input from community stakeholders. This input will be evaluated so that we can be responsive to needs in our community. Those needs may be in the area of community-based employment or volunteer activities that promote community inclusion. As we gather input regarding the interests of individuals we serve, we will match those interests and goals with the needs of our community - promoting individual choice in all activities.

As new features are added to our website, we will continue to update our home page. The Darke Board of Developmental Disabilities is excited to update our website to better meet the needs of our stakeholders.
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Ohio and U.S. Elected Officials Information
District 84
(Northern Darke County, including Greenville) 
Representative Jim Buchy (R)
Assistant Majority Floor Leader
77 South High Street
Columbus, Ohio43215
(614) 466-6344
District 80
(Southern Darke County) 
Representative  Stephen A. Huffman (R)
77 South High Street
11th Floor 
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-8114
District 12
(Northern Darke County, including Greenville)
Senator Keith Faber (R)
1 Capitol Square, 2nd Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-7584
District 5
(Southern Darke County)
Senator Bill Beagle (R)
Senate Building
1 Capitol Square, 1st Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-6247
8th Congressional District
Speaker John Boehner (R)
(202) 225-6205
Senator Sherrod Brown (D)
713 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington D.C. 20510
(202) 224-2315
Senator Rob Portman (R)
448 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington D.C. 20510
(202) 224-3353
Supporting Employment in an Inclusive Environment: Village Green Healthcare Center

The Village Green Healthcare Center in Greenville, Ohio has shown their support of the Employment First Initiative.  The Employment First website states that the initiative believes “every person has abilities, skills and talents to enrich the community and people around us.  They envision a time when every working-age adult with developmental disabilities has opportunity to explore their career options and seek jobs that fit their skills and interests.” 

Erika Smith was featured in an article during National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October 2014.  Upon receiving training through the Bridges to Transition Vocational Rehabilitation Public Private Partnership grant, Village Green and specifically Executive Director Nick Anderson gave Erika a chance at employment and it has paid off.  Erika was originally hired by Village Green in the housekeeping department as a part time aide.  Once Village Green noticed Erika’s dedication (filling in wherever she was needed), passion (excitement for work) and work ethic (meeting the needs of everyone) they decided that she would be a better fit on their full time schedule.  On April 1, 2015, with the exceptional training and support of her administrative staff and fellow co-workers, Erika began her full time position in the housekeeping department.

Pictured left to right: Erika Smith, Nick Anderson – Executive Director-Village Green, Tamala Marley – Employment
Advisor-Darke County Board of DD, Lauren Warner, Rodney Willis – Community First Director-Darke County Board of DD.

In November 2014, Village Green again showed their support for Employment First when hiring Lauren Warner.  Lauren is a part time worker in the dietary department at Village Green and has shown her skills and abilities as well.  When asked what makes Erika and Lauren great employees Nick states “their work ethic, personalities, and positive attitudes are contagious.”  He went on to say that “Erika opened up a lot of doors & windows for others at Village Green.”  Erika and Lauren have set such a great example that Nick has reached out to the Community First department in need of volunteers.  As we are still working on meeting these needs please know that volunteerism is open to anyone wishing to donate their time.  If you are interested in volunteering at Village Green, contact Nick Anderson at (937) 548-1993.     

The Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the Community First department is very excited to have such a supportive and inclusive community partner in Village Green.  You are not only making a difference in the lives of these two young ladies but you have also made their dreams come true! Thank you for being such an asset to our community. You are appreciated! 

For more information on Employment First and the benefits of employing individuals with disabilities please visit www.ohioemploymentfirst.org.

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