Employee Spotlight December 2018

Congrats to December’s Employee Spotlight, Christina Poitra. When a new person enrolled in the Rolla Day Hab program several months ago, Christina worked hard to get to know him through research, creativity, and encouragement. Christina used the principles of Active Support to encourage him to participate in his daily routine. He now responds to verbal prompts, reaches for objects, and pushes buttons! Plus, she ensures that he exercises every day with his adaptive bike.

Samantha’s Transportation Story

Check out how transportation empowers Samantha to work, socialize, and give back to her community. Please consider donating to the Kalix Transportation Fund so Samantha and many others can continue having access to affordable transportation to live the life they want.

Employee Spotlight November 2018

Congrats to November’s Employee Spotlight recipients, Josh Nelson and Bev Halton. New experiences can be challenging, but Josh and Bev have been creative in finding ways to take advantage of natural incentives. They are also careful to pick up on cues that indicate when the person they work with is fulfilled with the new activity. The result: several successful new experiences and a broadening of horizons!

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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