Earlier this month the Kansas Elks Training Center for the Handicapped (KETCH) honored several persons served for their outstanding achievements as well as community members for their service.
The awards presentation took place at the KETCH Annual Meeting on May 4. Nominations for Individual Achievement Awards are made by KETCH employees based on each person’s successes in the preceding year. A committee of non-direct care staff reviews the nominations and selects the award winners.
Achievement at Home
Criteria: Presented to an individual who has achieved significant goals in his/her personal life at home.
Presented to Bruce Cody for demonstrating increased independence in his residential setting.
Achievement at Work
Criteria: Presented to an individual who has achieved significant goals in his/her work program.
Presented to Joseph Rhoads for overcoming obstacles and becoming a productive worker.
Achievement in Day Program
Criteria: Presented to an individual who has achieved significant goals in his/her day program.
Presented to Paula Moore for regaining her abilities and independence after an accident.
Achievement in Employment
Criteria: Presented to an individual who has achieved significant goals in his/her community through employment.
Presented to Eddie Nichols for maintaining his community job and improving his job performance.
Awards were also given to acknowledge community partnerships and contributions from community members who are actively working with KETCH and making a difference.
Volunteer of the Year
Criteria: Presented to an individual who is making a difference and inspiring change through a voluntary action.
Presented to Cara Rapp for being an active volunteer on the Quality Assurance Committee and helping to ensure KETCH meets its high quality standards.
Employer of the Year
Criteria: Presented to a business working with KETCH who has hired or worked closely with the employment program.
Presented to Cero’s Candies, Pam and Darcy Bishop, for hiring an individual through the KETCH Community Employment program and referring other businesses to do so. “[Hiring an individual through KETCH] is one of the best decisions we’ve ever made,” said Pam Bishop, owner of Cero’s Candies. “I don’t know why everybody doesn’t do it.”