PERSON SERVED OF THE MONTH
Dan PMt. Pleasant
Dan has worked at MMI since March of 2010. He has worked on various crews including litter pickup, janitorial, and recycling, working both day and night shifts. Dan also participates in the learning centers working on skill building, and in the shops doing production. Dan does a community connections activity on Thursdays in the pm, split between community exploration for fall/winter, and farmers market for spring/summer. Years ago, Dan attended MMI’s art program and was one of the three selected to paint a banner for the “festival of the banners” a program sponsored by art reach. Dan’s banner was on display in the city of Mt. Pleasant during the spring and summer months of that year, an accomplishment Dan was very proud of. Currently Dan spends most of his time at MMI working on the grounds crew Monday through Friday. He is capable of doing everything on the grounds crew and is the “go to” person with any questions about what the crew does. Dan is hoping in the future to start pursuing an independent job in the community. Congratulations Dan on being the employee of the month for July 2018.
Corey began working at MMI on August 6th 2012. He is currently enrolled in our Employment Connections, Community Employment and Community Connection programs. Corey is an eager and determined worker and takes pride in his work, and he strives to work as independently as possible in his everyday life. Corey graduated from the RESD last June, and since has had great success here at MMI expanding his employment opportunities. He attends MMI five days per week, working in the shop for half the day and participating in Community Connections the other half. He has worked on several different jobs over the past year including two different OJE placements, and if an opportunity arises for him to work on a crew he will voluntarily give up his Community Connections activities to go out and work. His work ethic, positive attitude, and willingness to try anything once make Corey a great role model for his coworkers. Clare Consumer Council is proud to name Corey as Person Served of the Month for July 2018. Thanks for all your hard work, Corey!
Chris BMt. Pleasant
Chris returned to MMI in January 2015. He currently comes to MMI 3 days a week. Since last summer, Chris has been subbing on various crews and has been flexible in his schedule in order to do so. After continuing to show interest in subbing, an opportunity to have a regular position on a crew opened up. Chris jumped at the chance and is now a crew member on the recycling crew every Wednesday. Chris’s attendance has improved and rarely asks for days off. Chris is very flexible with schedule and job coach changes. He is well liked by staff and co-workers. Congratulations Chris for being chosen as Junes 2018 MMI’s person served of the month.
Janis has been attending MMI since March of 2010. She participates in Employment Connections and Community Connections, and was part of the Mini Crew that cleaned the Clare building until that program was discontinued. She is a hard worker, always willing to do what is asked of her, and does so with a positive attitude. Janis stated recently that she enjoys raking and doing yard work and does this at home and for her neighbors at times. Her Community Connections activities include Art, Lunch at the Clare Senior Center, and Vocational Exploration. Staff have said that Janis is always willing to help out when she is on outings and is especially helpful at the Senior Center. Clare Consumer Council is proud to name Janis English as Person Served of the Month for June, 2018. Congratulations Janis, and thank you for all your hard work!
Karen SMt. 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 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!
Sam LMt. 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 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!
Vicky KMt. 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. 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!!
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 (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!