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A Winning Administrator!

Attic Angel’s Chief Operations Officer has been named Wisconsin’s 2020 Administrator of the Year by the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP).

Derek Buckley, who joined Attic Angel Community in 2010, was selected for his creative and forward-thinking operational advancements that promote resident choice, independence and well-being. Some examples of his leadership regarding food service operations are as follow:
• Expanded hours of the Arbor Café to include breakfast and “grab and go” foods
• Restructured menus and payment systems to create an a la cart, restaurant-style system
• Paired chefs with levels of care to improve quality of product and quality of life for residents

In addition, Derek’s leadership demonstrates an understanding of how food service directly affects the lives of residents and connection to others:
• An emerging program of Holistic Nutrition within Attic Angel’s Integrated Health program leans on fresh, locally sourced foods to provide maximum benefits from nature’s pharmacy.
• Newly rebuilt raised garden beds allow residents to grow their own vegetables and connect with nature through the gardening process.
• Residents participate in cooking and baking as part of a monthly activity that supports Madison’s homeless population.

While congratulations and thanks to Derek are in order, it’s the residents of Attic Angel Community who benefit the most!

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The Playing Field

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Children affected by trauma such as homelessness and those with special needs such as autism spectrum disorders have different sensory needs for emotional support that helps them learn to manage behaviors. Our dream is to create a play space that allows children to be successful while ... being kids! Some of our plans:

  • A large open space for running (crowded spaces are often a behavior trigger for children)
  • High fencing and an appropriate climbing structure (children impacted by trauma or those on the autism spectrum often take bigger risks and climb higher)
  • Sensory panels that welcome independent play when children are agitated
  • A maze for children to walk through (this helps the brain to organize)
  • Small structures where children can feel safe
  • Specially designed pieces to work large muscle groups

By helping children at this critical point in their development, your gift will be helping the future of our community!

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