Any big sister would have done the same thing. Heartland Bank client and Westerville resident Kathy Cook was simply looking for a reputable facility for her little brother Ralphie. A place where he would feel comfortable with young adults just like him, a place where he would feel safe, a place where he would have friends.
Ralphie suffered many challenges in his short life and Kathy was discouraged by the lack of quality services available in central Ohio for adults with disabilities. That frustration turned into motivation to open the first all R friends location at the Church of the Nazarene on Cherrington Road in Westerville. With the church’s blessing, Kathy’s family worked to complete an unfinished portion of the building and once the construction was over, all R friends had a home.
Offering support service facilities in Dublin, Delaware and Gahanna as well as enjoying their home office on Hoff Road in Westerville, all R friends has been providing assistance to individuals with disabilities since 2009. In addition to offering young adult (high school age and older) day services they provide job and vocational training, placement services, and on top of that they even provide production services.
Kathy has been thrilled with the number of participants that have used the on-site training from all R friends to obtain jobs in the central Ohio community. Some of the companies that have employed all R friends clients are Freedom Home Healthcare, Buckeye Gazette, and Stewart Title Agency, just to name a few.
Like most small businesses, all R friends could not have grown without local supporters. “Our partnerships with local vendors, the Westerville Rotary and especially Heartland Bank, have been very instrumental in facilitating our growth as a business. The personal touch we received from Heartland, and the way they were able to operate beyond what their computers and general statistics told them, has been beneficial for both of us in a number of ways,” she said.
Are you looking for a group that will help you stuff 1,000 promotional kits for an upcoming conference? Maybe you need to affix labels to 7,000 postcards? Call all R friends at 614-357-1414!
At all R friends, success is measured in smiles. We hope to make you smile at Heartland Bank as well. Visit us at any one of our 11 locations to chat with one of our friendly banking experts today. Come on over to Heartland, where Banking Feels Good!For more information about all R friends please visit their website at allRfriends.com or allRfriends.info.
About Their Logo: Ralphie’s last drawing is the artwork used in the all R friends logo. He could not sign his full name but if you look close you will notice the only capitalized letter in their company name, the ‘R’, is actually his signature.