Kalix Sensory Garden – Fundraising 2018

Donations to the Kalix Sensory Garden, from now until the end of December, will be doubled by the “Twice Blessed” program through the St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation (up to $5,000).  For more information, watch the press conference or visit the Twice Blessed website to donate!

Employee Spotlight October 2018

Congrats to the October Employee Spotlight recipient, Sarah Boucher! Active Supports training has taught us the importance of making sure that everybody has opportunities to participate in life as much as possible, completing tasks or parts of tasks themselves instead of having staff do things for them. Sarah integrates Active Supports principles into finances! ABLE accounts are designed so that people can save money for the future without jeopardizing benefits. Sarah provides individualized support to each person and/or guardian when opening an account. When she works with the program enrollee in person, she has him or her participate as much...
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2018 #NDEAM Meet Andrew

Even though #NDEAM has ended, celebrating inclusive employment will continue year-round. Check out Andrew’s love for his job at Sodexo in MSU and see how simple job accommodations helped him in his workplace. Brought to you with closed captioning and audio-visual description to enhance accessibility for all viewers.

Posted by Kalix on Thursday, November 1, 2018

2018 NDEAM Meet Andrew

2018 #NDEAM Meet Andrew Even though #NDEAM has ended, celebrating inclusive employment will continue year-round. Check out Andrew’s love for his job at Sodexo in MSU and see how simple job accommodations helped him in his workplace. Brought to you with closed captioning and audio-visual description to enhance accessibility for all viewers. Posted by Kalix on Thursday, November 1, 2018 Even though NDEAM has ended, celebrating inclusive employment will continue year-round. Check out Andrew’s love for his job at Sodexo in MSU and see how simple job accommodations helped him in his workplace. Brought to you with closed captioning and audio-visual...
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2018 #NDEAM Meet Kari

Meet Kari and learn how customized employment ignited her passion for her job with Enerbase.#NDEAM

Posted by Kalix on Wednesday, October 24, 2018

2018 NDEAM Meet Kari

Meet Kari and learn how customized employment ignited her passion for her job with Enerbase.

Employee Spotlight September 2018

This summer, PreVocational staff maximized the training opportunities provided by tending a garden to incorporate many general work skills, even selling some of the produce, making signs to decorate the garden area, and building relationships with nearby gardeners. When staff organized an event to celebrate successful community employment for a year by two program participants, they used the event to teach organizational skills, problem solving, and budgeting. Since most celebrations include food, the program worked together to create side dishes using produce from the program’s garden. The team’s creativity is developing work skills and the drive to become successful employees...
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Employee Spotlight August 2018

Congrats to the August Employee Spotlight recipients Stephanie Marquez, Ann Reistad-Bauer, Jesika Sullivan & Dustin Alderson! Stephanie successfully established a positive relationship with the military at the MAFB Fitness Center by being proactive and providing outstanding customer service. Fitness Center staff recently expressed their appreciation when Stephanie immediately took charge of cleaning up after an incident at the facility. When a program enrollee was recently diagnosed with a chronic medical condition, Ann assisted him and his staff to learn about and implement major changes to his diet at home. She also helps him plan what to order at a restaurant...
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Employee Spotlight July 2018

Congrats to Melissa Zietz and Robert Schaan for receiving July’s Employee Spotlight! Robert was nominated for two major achievements: (1) He successfully encouraged healthy eating habits and increased exercise for a person that had recently gained weight. Not only did the extra weight disappear, but one of his roommates also started working out at the activity center! (2) Robert helped a person transition from getting a ride to work to taking the bus to work, resulting in more independence and a greater degree of job satisfaction. Melissa utilized active support principles to change breakfast habits at 1109. Tenants were used...
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Employee Spotlight June 2018

Congrats to June’s Employee Spotlight selections: Naomi Kelly, Mason Schmidt, and Amy Michels! When a PMC requested detailed data in order to monitor the impact of medication changes for a person enrolled at 1005, Naomi took the initiative to take the data that was requested PLUS provided additional relevant information to support adjusting the medications and assist with getting the right dosage. Mason assisted four people at 1101 with completing an art project to commemorate Mother’s Day. The project combined stepping stones and flowers, and is on display outside 1101. The project was also an opportunity for participants to share...
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Employee of the Year 2018

Congrats to Wendal Ebach for receiving Employee of the Year! From daily interactions to major events, Wendal has been recognized multiple times for ensuring that people have positive experiences and a good day whenever he is around. We also hear directly from some of the men that he currently supports – the effort that he puts in to organizing and following through on events like season-long fishing tournaments and trips to visit relatives has a major impact on their quality of life and progress towards goals.

Team of the Year 2018

Congrats to the GFAFB Supervisor team for receiving the 2018 Team of the Year! We avoid selecting employees/teams based on a single act in response to a crisis situation. In this case, there was a crisis situation. However, the award is to recognize more than the immediate reaction to the crisis. The team of GFAFB Supervisors worked together for months to respond to ongoing needs of employees and meet contract obligations. The dedication and teamwork we saw from Angie Mortenson, Julie Steenerson, Nick Ronquillo, and Jean Mezydlo was truly inspirational.
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