PERSON SERVED OF THE MONTH

Selected Programs Accredited By:

May 2018


Karen S

Mt. Pleasant

Karen has worked at MMI since December of 2011. She has participated in our Community Connections program and our TEX program. Karen is a very hard worker and takes great pride in her job!! Karen works mainly on the cleaning of the papers before they are shredded. She diligently concentrates on her task assigned and works until completion. Her attendance is excellent and she is very independent with taking care of her own belongings and is very prompt with her schedule. Karen has a beautiful smile and will greet people sometimes when they pass through her work area. Thank you Karen for your dedication to your job and for being a friend to others.


Dennis P

Clare

Dennis Paschall has been with MMI since 2002. He participates in the Employment Connections program 4 days per week where he does many different manufacturing jobs as well as keeping the lawn at MMI’s Clare branch mowed and looking great. He also does shredding independently at CMH in Harrison one day a week. Dennis enjoys working on small engines and repairs lawn mowers and bicycles in his spare time. He is friendly, outgoing, and a very hard worker. MMI Clare is proud to name Dennis as Person Served of the Month for May, 2018. Thank you, Dennis, for all your hard work and dedication!



April 2018

Sam L

Mt. Pleasant

Sam began his MMI career part time in April 2016 when he was in High School. A few months later, after graduating, he began participating full time in the Community Connections and Sensory Integration Training programs. Some of Sam’s favorite community activities include listening to different types of music and creating pictures. In the Sensory Room, Sam does a great job performing his exercises and enjoys sensory activities such as stacking cones. No matter where Sam is during his day, he is well known for his sense of humor, happy-go-lucky personality, and contagious smile. Congratulations Sam for being chosen as MMI’s April 2018 person served of the month.


Lisa E

Clare

Lisa has been coming to MMI since 2002. She attends MMI 5 days per week, though she goes to Mt Pleasant to CMH and does shredding there independently every Tuesday and Wednesday. It is clear doing this work is very important to Lisa, as she spends quite a bit of time waiting for transit buses to and from Mt Pleasant on these days. In addition to her shredding, Lisa participates in the Employment Connections program and does Art and Vocational Exploration with Community Connections. She also was elected to the Clare Consumer Council this past January, receiving a vote from each one of her peers. Lisa is always cheerful, friendly, and willing to work hard. The Clare Consumer Council has proudly named Lisa as April 2018’s Person Served of the month. Thank you, Lisa, for a being such a hard worker and friendly person!



March 2018

Vicky K

Mt. Pleasant

Vicky has worked for MMI since June of 2008, participating in the MMI Transitional Employment and Community Employment Programs. Vicky is a very hard worker and is always willing to learn new jobs. Vicky works on a variety of community employment crews as a permanent crew member but also works as a substitute on other crews as needed. Vicky is friendly, compassionate towards others and has many friends at MMI. Vicky has also served on the MMI Consumer Council for several terms, having been elected by her peers and is a contributing representative on the committee. Vicky was recently nominated for PS of the month because of the excellent job that she has been doing at MMI and on all of her crews. Keep up the good work and congratulations on being MMI’s Person Served of the month for March 2018!


Bonnie B

Clare

Bonnie B. has been attending MMI since June of 2007. She comes to MMI 5 days a week and participates in the Employment Connections and Community Connections programs. She enjoys being able to go out and do things with her housemates such as shopping at a store near their home. Bonnie’s smile lights up her entire face and she shares it often with those around her. She works hard at the tasks she is given to do and is willing to help when asked. Consumer Council is proud to name Bonnie as Person Served of the Month – congratulations Bonnie!!



February 2018

Marie N

Isabella

Marie has attended MMI since 2000 when she moved to the area from Petoskey. Marie has participated in many of MMI’s services including, Transitional Employment, Community Connections, and Community Living Supports. Presently she is served through MMI’s Employment Connections services areas. Marie is normally a quiet person. It can sometimes be difficult to get her to participate in the work or skill building activities. She would often find a chair in an area that she likes and just sit and shut everyone and everything around her out. Marie usually chooses not to engage in the activities that were taking place around her. That was the old Marie but now we have a new Marie. Over the last few months, she has been working in MMI’s new skill building area; Learning Center 1. This group has been developing our store operations that are opening within the Mt. Pleasant MMI building. The store will be able to provide an area where the persons served can learn a wide range of skills, including stocking, merchandising, and customer service. About a month ago, Marie started coming out of her shell and began to participate in the new and exciting activities. Marie has really been putting efforts into participating in Learning Center 1, and doing a great job! Congratulations Marie, on being selected for February’s Person served of the month!


Deloise J

Clare

Deloise (Del) began coming to MMI in July of 1982. She participated in Community Connections, Community Employment, and Transitional Employment at different time for more than 25 years. Del took a break from MMI beginning in March of 200_, then returned in April of 2014 to participate in Community Connections. She currently comes two days per week and enjoys outings to the Clare Senior Center and McDonald’s for coffee, as well as spending time in the Sensory room. Del likes to great staff members by name, smiles with ease, and loves to be pampered. Staff report that Del is a pleasure to work with and that she is pretty easy going. Consumer Council is proud to name Del as Person Served of the Month – congratulations Del!



January 2018

Alley T.

Mt. Pleasant

Allye has been attending MMI since 2015. Allye currently participates in the MMI Sensory Integration Program, which allows her to increase her overall sensory awareness and physical therapy needs. Allye is well known at MMI for her smile and her many different vocalization skills. While participating in the Sensory Integration activities, Allye likes to feel different objects, listen to a variety of music genres and explore different types of textures, noises and smells. Congratulations Allye, on being the January 2018 Person Served of the month!





December 2017

Kevin S

Mt. Pleasant

Kevin began his MMI career in 1991. He currently participates in the Community Connections and Sensory Integration Training programs. Some of Kevin’s favorite community activities include shopping and waving at everyone in the stores and wheeling himself around the church gym. In the Sensory room, he does a great job performing his exercises and thoroughly enjoys sensory activities such as listening to music and watching nature videos. No matter where Kevin is during the day, he is well known for his curious nature, infectious smile, and kind personality. Congratulations Kevin for being chosen as MMI’s December 2017 person served of the month.


Ed W

Clare

Ed has been with MMI since June 1985. Ed attends MMI five days a week and participates in our Sensory program. Ed enjoys music, the rocking chair, and foot massages. The Clare Consumer Council has proudly named Ed as December’s 2017 Person Served of the month! Congratulations Ed.



November 2017

Kris G

Mt. Pleasant

Kris G. has worked at MMI for over 20 yrs. Kris originally worked at the Clare MMI where he did crew and production work.  A few years ago,    Kris moved to Mt. Pleasant and started working at the Mt. Pleasant MMI. Kris first started working in production, and then both production and community employment.  While in Community Employment, Kris has worked at the Social Security building and the Community Mental Health facility doing janitorial work up to five days a week. Currently Kris is working in production doing assembly work, and participating in the community connections (Mac TV, Soup Kitchen, Garden, and Cooking.)

Kris is also involved in the Learning Centers where he engages in group activities to enhance various vocational skills.  Kris indicated that he thoroughly enjoys his time working with MMI and hopes to continue for many years.  MMI staff and his coworkers love to have Kris work with them, because he has such a positive attitude and contagious smile.   Congratulations Kris for being named MMI person served of the month for November.


Alvin W

Clare

Alvin began participating at MMI in 1983. He has been involved in many programs throughout the years and currently participates in the Employment Connections, Community Connections, Sensory Integration, and Community Living Supports Programs. Alvin is a very dedicated worker who has is willing to try new things. He is always an active participant in his activities and thoroughly enjoys getting out and exploring the community every week with his CLS staff.  Thank you Alvin for a job well done.  Keep up the good work and congratulations on being MMI’s Person Served of the month for November 2017!



October 2017

Nicole B

Mt. Pleasant

Nicole has been employed in the MMI Transitional Employment Program since January of 2017. Over this past few months, Nicole has learned and excelled at many jobs!  She has been subbing on Community Employment  crews. Nicole has exceptional quality on all of her finished work.  Nicole has displayed a terrific work ethic, and does not give up until she has the assigned task mastered.  She is very helpful to staff and to her co-workers. She has made many friends in the short time she has been at MMI, and is well respected for her dedication to her job and for her friendly smile!

Some comments from staff and peers: “She loves to help!”, “She watches out for everyone”, “She is proud of the work she does”, “She has a positive attitude”

Thank you Nicole for a job well done. Keep up the good work and congratulations on being MMI’s Person Served of the month for October  2017!!!


Russell G

Clare

Russell has been with MMI since June 2001. Russell participates in our Transitional Employment and Community Employment programs and attends 2 days a week in the shop and two nights a week on our night crew. Russell also works on MMI’S mini crew two days a wee. Russell has a great sense of humor, and is well liked by his peers. Russell works very hard and is always willing to work extra hours when he is needed. Clare Consumer Council has proudly named Russell as October 2017’s Person Served of the month!

Thank you Russell for your hard work and dedication.



September

Tom P.

Mt. Pleasant

Tom first came to MMI in 2012 for a Vocational Evaluation.  After graduation, he began participating in MMI’s Transitional Employment and Community Connections programs. Tom is a dedicated worker who is very focused and who tries his best at all times.   He is always an active participant in his kickball, bowling, fishing, basketball, and gardening activities, and thoroughly enjoys getting out and exploring his community every week.  Tom is known everywhere he goes for his friendly and caring personality.  Thank you Tom for a job well done.  Keep up the good work and congratulations on being MMI’s Person Served of the month for September 2017!


Brian A.

Clare

Brian has been with MMI since June 2015.  Brian attends MMI two days a week and participates in our Community Employment program. Brian has recently been chosen to participate in MMI’s new Community Integrated Employment Project, where he will be working towards finding a job in the community.  Brian enjoys spending time with his family, shopping and watching movies.  The Clare Consumer Council has proudly named Brian as September 2017’s Person Served of the month!  Thank you Brian for being such a hard worker and a caring friend to all.



August

Brent T.

Mt. Pleasant

Brent has been receiving services through MMI since June of 1991. Brent participates in the MMI Community Connections and Sensory Integration Programs. Brent is well known at MMI for his smile, charm, and wonderful laughter. Brent enjoys socializing with others and especially loves activities involving music and singing. While at MMI, Brent’s favorite activities include Music, swinging, Bingo, and participating in the Sensory Integration activities. Brent also likes to go for walks through the area parks and “people watch”. Congratulations Brent on being the August 2017 Person Served of the month!


Dianna T.

Clare

Dianna has been with MMI since October 2015. Dianna attends MMI three days a week and participates in our Transitional Employment and Community Employment programs. Dianna likes to hangout with her family and shop. Dianna is a very friendly person who likes to lend a helping hand. The Clare Consumer Council has proudly named Dianna as August 2017’s Person Served of the month! Thank you Dianna for a being such a caring friend to all.



July

Ashley S

Mt. Pleasant

Ashley has been receiving services through MMI since March of 2013. Ashley currently works in Transitional Employment and also partici­pates in the Community Living Supports program. Ashley is well liked by her coaches, peers and community members. She is polite, consider­ate of others, fun, and overall just a wonderful person to know. Ashley has a positive can-do attitude and is willing to try anything. Ashley is a great advocate for herself and others both at MMI and in the communi­ty. Ashley served on the MMI Consumer Council for several years hav­ing been nominated by her peers to the position of President of the Council during the length of her term.  Ashley works very hard and we are very proud of her and her accomplishments. In her free time, Ashley is the Inside Guard at the Weidman Eagles. She also enjoys participat­ing in 5k’s, competing in the Special Olympic games, going to music concerts, camping and hanging out with her friends and family. Congratulations Ashley on being the July 2017 Person Served of the month!


Patty H

Clare

Patty has been employed with MMI since 1996.  Patty participates in our Transitional Employment program 4 days a week.  Patty is a very kind and helpful individual, who takes pride in being able to help others.  She prefers to do paid work while in the shop, and like working on Renesol. She enjoys spending time with family in her spare time.  The Clare Consumer Council has proudly named Patty as July’s 2017 Person served of the month!  Thank you Patty for all that you do.



June 2017

Grace G

Mt. Pleasant

Grace has worked for MMI for over 34 years, having started in 1982.   Grace was nominated for person served of the month, by several of her coworkers.  Grace has been described as very friendly, helpful, and always willing to assist where she is needed. Grace works on the MMI janitorial night crew.  She currently works every Tuesday and Wednesday. Grace also participates in community connections all day on Friday with two separate activities.  Grace enjoys art, and is involved in the banner painting group, where her painted banner will be displayed in the City of Mt. Pleasant this coming June.  Thank you Grace, for a job well done, and congratulations on being person served of the month for June 2017!


Andy O

Clare

Andy has been with MMI since October 2014. Andy participates in our Transitional Employment and Community Employment programs and attends MMI 2 days a week.  Andy enjoys helping his family on the farm, and has a great sense of humor. Andy does is a diligent worker when completing job tasks. He also enjoys working on the action agency and Jays Crew. The Clare Consumer Council has proudly named Andy as June’s 2017’s Person Served of the month! Thank you Andy for all of your hard work and dedication.