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KETCH to honor persons served, community members

05/03/2010

KETCH to honor persons served, community members

The Kansas Elks Training Center for the Handicapped (KETCH) will honor several persons served for their outstanding achievements as well as several community members for their service Friday, May 7, during the KETCH Annual Meeting and achievement awards ceremony held at the Wichita Airport Hilton.

Ken Haun will be honored with the “Achievement at Home” award. Haun has come a long way in the past year. In the past he has wanted to do everything on his own which is something KETCH tries to promote with our persons served. However, as Haun’s health has declined he has not been able to care for himself or his home. After several attempts by Haun’s team, this past year he agreed to let someone come in and help him with daily hygiene, shopping,
cleaning, and cooking.

“He has blossomed, “said Delcie Chappuis, targeted case manager for KETCH, “He showers daily, keeps his clothing clean, and keeps his apartment as clean as possible.”

Kevin Wilken will be honored with the “Achievement at Work” award. Wilken attends the Alternative Behavioral Learning Environment (ABLE) program at KETCH. The program was recently re-organized to focus on work, volunteer, and community activities. At first staff were not sure how he would adapt to the changes in his program as he has a history of behavioral outbursts. Wilken has actually adapted well and even earned his first paycheck in several years.

“Kevin seems to be proud of the work he has been doing in his day program,” said Wendy Seymour,
director of behavioral services at KETCH.

Leah Williams will be honored with the “Achievement in the Community” award. When Williams first started working with KETCH sixteen years ago she was very shy, quiet, and wouldn’t make eye contact. Over the past sixteen years Williams has flourished. She has learned to advocate for herself and has become very involved in the community.

“She has developed and matured into an active member of the community,” said June Schneider, manager
of Community Employment at KETCH, “She is no longer the timid person who didn’t want to be
seen or heard but a dynamic person who has striven to make her life better.”

Ron Jones will be honored with the “Achievement in Employment Services” award. Although it is uncommon for a person served by KETCH, Ron works full time and receives full time benefits. Ron has had to work on his temper through the years but has still managed to build a strong work history. Ron currently works at Dillons. He has overcome his temper problems and learned to provide excellent customer service. In 2005, Dillons awarded Jones with the Gold Star Award for his excellent customer service skills.

“I observed Ron retrieving carts in the rain but stopped and helped a customer who was putting her groceries in her car”, said Patty Waters, job coach at KETCH.

Ray Baty of West Acres Bowling Center will be honored with the “Employer of the Year” award. Baty has partnered with KETCH since 2008 when the first client was hired to work at West Acres Bowling Center. Since then Baty and his staff have worked together to help each client they work with become as successful as possible. Baty and his staff go above and beyond by offering transportation for the KETCH client when needed.

“West Acres has been very supportive of persons with disabilities,” said Patty Waters, job coach at KETCH.

Pauletta Raines will be honored with the “Wilma Martin Pioneer” award for her volunteer efforts at KETCH and in the community. Raines, who has a daughter receiving services from KETCH, was chosen this year for the strong advocacy role she plays. At every opportune moment she not only writes to her legislators but visits them in their Topeka offices. She writes tirelessly to her local newspaper speaking on behalf of those with disabilities who may otherwise
go unheard and unseen. Raines also serves on several committees in the community including the Sedgwick County Developmental Disability Organization’s Community Council, ACT of South Central Kansas, and volunteers several hours for the KETCH Champions’ Golf Tournament committee.

Zona Price of Goodland is receiving a plaque to recognize her three years of service on the Board of Directors and Lorenze Karmann of Clay Center is receiving a plaque to recognize his six years of service. Frank Springer of Chanute is receiving a plaque recognizing his service as board chairman for the last two years. He also previously served as Chairman from 2003-2005.

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