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ANNUAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

MMI Annual Achievement Awards – 2016

Case Management Achievement Award
MMI’s Board of Directors established awards to recognize the people who receive services at MMI. The Case Management Services and McCollom-McFarlane Achievement Awards recognize the accomplishments of individuals participating in MMI’s programs. These awards are given out at the annual Board meeting in December.

Jessica J.

cherie-jessica-matt-path-participant-award-12-12-16Jessica was entered into the PATH program in June of 2015 when she applied to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for cash assistance to help pay her bills while she attended school to become a medical assistant. The course was too intensive for her to be able to attend classes, do her homework, raise a child and work all at the same time, so this seemed like a viable option to help support her and her child during her studies.

The PATH program assisted Jessica by paying to have insurance put on her vehicle, and reimbursement for gas money to attend school in Saginaw.

 Jessica knew she was taking on a challenge when she decided to go to school to become a medical assistant, especially while raising a young child on her own. Jessica learned that she has abilities she had never given herself credit for in the past, and that it is ok to ask for help when it’s needed. Jessica successfully completed her coursework as required in December 2015.

 Prior to entering the PATH program, Jessica had been working as a cashier at a gas station. With her training, she is currently working as a Medical Assistant.  Jessica has been employed by Isabella Citizens for Health (ICFH) since February 11, 2016.  And with that, DHHS was able to close her cash assistance case in March 2016. Jessica is well on her way of becoming a successful role model for others as well as her own child.

McCollom-McFarlane Achievement Award
This year marks the 22nd Anniversary of the McCollom-McFarlane award which began in 1994. It was established in honor of two past MMI board members, to honor a person served from each primary location of MMI. Nominations are gathered then based on a vote of the persons receiving services the McCollom-McFarlane overall winner is selected. These awards are given out at the annual Board meeting in December.

Kari H.
Southern Operations – Overall Winner

cherie-kari-matt-s-o-overall-award-12-12-16Kari has been with MMI since May of 2015. Kari tried a few crews before she found one that was a good fit.  Kari presently is working as part of the Montcalm Care Network crew.  She is a major help and an excellent employee.  Kari has been assigned to work one day a week and then fills in when needed on the other days.  It is Kari’s goal to be an MMI job coach one day.  She  is presently working with her job coach to receive training and assistance with interview skills in preparation to become a job coach.  Kari has also been working on the Secretary of State crew and the JC Penny’s crew and is willing to fill in on all three crews when needed. She is a very pleasant and supportive person to work with whether it is 5:30 a.m. or 8:15 p.m.

Kari is a very quiet and reserved individual. When first starting on the crew she talked to almost no one. Now, she initiates conversations regularly with other crew members, the job coaches, and staff at her assigned locations. She has even made a few new friends. Kari lives independently with her husband and child. Her promptness and attendance has improved since she started over a year ago. She shows up on time for work consistently, and she informs the job coach when she won’t be able to make it in. Kari has learned to do every task at each site she is assigned and finishes them without complaint. She has also began completing a timecard when she works, so that she gets into the routine of punching in and out.

Dennis P.
Clare County

cherie-dennis-matt-clare-mm-award-12-12-16Dennis began working with MMI in February of 2011 in the Transitional and Community Employment training programs. Dennis is a passionate and determined worker and takes pride in the paychecks he earns.  Dennis’s “can do” attitude is one of the reasons why he was chosen for this award.

 Dennis is a very polite and considerate individual; he is always quick to say “good morning”. In his free time, he enjoys repairing lawnmowers. Dennis has the spirt of an entrepreneur and put his hobby to work; he works for his neighbors by mowing lawns, raking leafs, and shoveling snow. He is also the person who is paid to mow the lawn at the Clare MMI office!

Repairing lawnmowers is not Dennis’s only hobby; Dennis also makes and sells rugs. He uses a loom to craft rugs from plastic grocery bags. Dennis enjoys staying busy. When he is not repairing a lawnmower, raking leafs, or making a rug he can be found at the Harrison Best Do It center. Dennis enjoys spending his paychecks on tools and lumber. He is always working on a project!

Dennis works in the manufacturing area four days a week and on the fifth day Dennis does independent shredding at Community Mental Health. Dennis is one of our “go to guys” when it comes to complicated, strenuous, or tedious jobs. According to his Connections Coach Mike Oles, Dennis is an enthusiastic worker and will try any job.

In 2009 MMI secured a contract with Bucher Hydraulics, and Dennis has worked on this job since he started. Over the years he has worked hard to increase his production rate from 200 parts per a day, to approximately 550.  His record is 625! This job requires Dennis to put a tight fitting gasket inside the piston housing without the O-ring inside the gasket slipping out.  He then has to quality check the part for metal shavings in the housing, as well as a number of other things that could affect the gasket from operating properly.  If the job is not done properly the gasket has to be pulled out and cannot be used again.  It has been a pleasure for us at MMI to watch Dennis advance his experience. His ambition and positive attitude are contagious!

Pat U.
Isabella County

cherie-pat-matt-mp-mm-award-12-12-16Pat began with MMI in January of 2012 in the Community Employment Program.  Pat had been competitively employed at Ponderosa, but lost his job due to some unexpected changes in his life. He needed a place to hone his skills, his attendance, and rebuild his life.   Pat chose to focus on being the best custodian and floor care specialist at MMI, and he has done an excellent job as part of our crews. He is always positive and friendly, productive, dependable and flexible.  Pat is a team player who is always willing to help his co-workers and coaches.  He assists with maintaining the equipment, helps in the training of new crewmembers, and truly serves as a great role model for others. 

In the last two years, Pat has started back to school with the hope of getting his GED.  Also, Pat who had lost his drivers’ license a while ago, has been successful in having it reinstated this past year.  Recently, Pat met with Michigan Rehabilitation Services to explore competitive job placement options.  Although, at this time, he has chosen to stay at MMI, we will continue to encourage and work with Pat, to help him reach his fullest potential.  It is our dream that other employers will soon see in Pat, what we see.  That he is an excellent employee with great potential.

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MMI Annual Achievement Awards – 2015

Case Management Achievement Award
MMI’s Board of Directors established awards to recognize the people who receive services at MMI. The Case Management Services and McCollom-McFarlane Achievement Awards recognize the accomplishments of individuals participating in MMI’s programs. These awards are given out at the annual Board meeting in December.

Omar T.

Omar entered the PATH program in January of this year. He was unemployed and had no vehicle or driver’s license. He needed assistance in finding employment and freely admitted that he had a motivation problem. Omar had some definite challenges to overcome.

Omar participated in Job Club’s motivational program, the “A Game”. In Job Club he gained job search and interview skills. In February he began a work experience with the Village of Breckenridge. His supervisor was very happy with Omar’s performance and work ethic saying. “He pitches in without having to be told what to do and doesn’t need supervision.” Obviously, Omar had overcome his motivational issues.

In March, PATH purchased Omar interview clothing because he had a job interview with the Soaring Eagle Casino. Working in MT. Pleasant posed significant transportation problems, so PATH paid for Omar’s Temporary Driver’s Permit and then for his Driving Skills Test so that he could get his Driver’s License. In May PATH bought Omar a car, eliminating his transportation barrier.

Omar has worked diligently to overcome his personal challenges. He is a dedicated employee with a well-paying job and a boss who says, “Omar is terrific! I wish I had more like him.” When asked about Michigan Works! and the PATH program, Omar says, “I guess you could say it made a big difference in my life.”

 

McCollom-McFarlane Achievement Award
This year marks the 21st Anniversary of the McCollom-McFarlane award which began in 1994. It was established in honor of two past MMI board members, to honor a person served from each primary location of MMI. Nominations are gathered then based on a vote of the persons receiving services the McCollom-McFarlane overall winner is selected. These awards are given out at the annual Board meeting in December.

 

Kevin K.
Southern Operations – Overall Winner

MC MC 2016 KevinKevin has been with MMI since, September of 2010. He had been an important part of the Greenville JC Penny janitorial crew for 5 years.  During his time with the crew, Kevin would always strive to do his best to help provide first-class quality work.  Because of Kevin’s strive for excellent quality; the Greenville JC Penny won several awards from their Corporate Office for the cleanliness of their store.  Some of the awards were given based on inspections and others were based on positive customer surveys.

Back in September, Kevin was selected to work with MMI and Packaging Corporation of America, also known as PCA, on a brand new collaborative project.  Initially, Kevin struggled with getting just the right amount of glue from his roller onto the box, without having any excess glue above or below the line, but with continued training and the encouragement of his job coach and co-workers he was able to overcome this struggle and has blossomed into one of the finest workers representing MMI at PCA.  When asked if there is anything Kevin dislikes about his job, he says “Nothing. I love my job!” Kevin’s job coach reports that he is improving his speed, and quality of production. Once Kevin started doing well with the gluing he was given the additional task and responsibility of catching and stacking the boxes, working side by side with either another member of the crew or his job coach. More recently Kevin was assigned the task of learning how to use the bander to band the full skids to be shipped.  Kevin does well when paired with another co-worker.  This allows Kevin to learn from his peers and make new friends.  Although he hasn’t had any trouble making friends because he always has a smile and positive attitude which makes him well liked by all!

Kevin’s very supportive family have always assisted Kevin with his goal to work.  So much so that they transported him 30 miles to and from his work site in Greenville to work at JC Penney. Now that Kevin’s job at PCA is in Edmore, they still travel about 20 miles to meet the job coach in Six Lakes.  Kevin and his family are so dedicated to his employment; they have driven during some extremely bad weather to make sure that Kevin always makes it to work.

 

Larry D.
Clare County

MC MC 2016 LarryAt first, Larry had some attendance and personal hygiene issues.  The home he previously lived in had experienced a fire and did not have electricity or running water which caused most of the issues. Larry seemed intimidated by the people that he lived with at this time. Eventually Larry found the courage and developed his own voice; he decided that he no longer wanted to live in that situation.

With the supports of his Case Manager and MMI Staff, Larry made the decision to move in to an Adult Foster Care home. This move led Larry to find his independence and also much happiness. Since his move Larry’s personal hygiene has greatly improved. He rarely misses a day of work and enjoys telling stories about feeding the horses and cats at his new home. Larry’s new found independence and positive outlook on life are the reasons that he was nominated for this award. 

By nature Larry is courteous and polite; he is always willing to help staff and other persons served. Larry often offers to carry supplies or hold open doors. Larry is selfless and often gives the prizes that he wins at bingo to others. Larry loves animals and being outdoors. He enjoys his position on the Jays Sporting Goods grounds keeping crew and is always eager to work as a sub if needed.  

Larry attends MMI five days a week and participates in Community Connections, Transitional Employment, and the Community Employment programs. Larry enjoys earning a paycheck and often times spend his money on morning coffee with the guys.

Larry has made great efforts to overcome his challenges. It has been a pleasure for us at MMI to watch Larry’s transformation. He has become much more confidant in himself and is a joy to be around.

 

Mark K.
Isabella County

MC MC 2016 MarkMark began with MMI in May of 2013 in the Transitional Employment Program. When Mark first came to MMI, he had some barriers to working independently that he needed to work on, so he began by working in MMI’s Transitional Employment program.   Initially, Mark was discouraged by the level of supervision he needed. However, Mark was able to talk through his frustrations along with doing some role playing, which helped him learn that he could handle things in a more appropriate manner.  This then allowed for more opportunities for him both at MMI and at home. Mark showed that he could be dependable and hard working. He quickly learned how to do the new contracts and increased his production rate.  Soon after, Mark began expressing an interest in other work opportunities in community employment. After meeting with his team at his annual review, it was agreed that Mark would explore working with more independence. He began subbing on the MMI Janitorial crew 2 days a week. After seeing Mark’s success on the job, his job coaches quickly expressed their interest in having him as a permanent member of their crew working 5 days per week.

Today Mark works 5 days a week splitting his time working in the TE and CE programs.  He has also picked up working on another CE Crew-car detailing crew 2 days a week between his other work assignments.

Mark is a very polite and considerate individual. He enjoys telling jokes and is always quick to lighten the mood. Mark has excellent attendance and quality. Mark is always willing to give his coworkers a hand in order to get the job done in a timely manner.