Great River Homes, Inc. held a Pizza Party celebration with people receiving services and their families, employees and their families and board members and their families on September 13, 2018.
The celebration was in conjunction with National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week held the week of September 9-15, 2018. The Pizza Party was held at Round Hill in Arkansaw, WI and featured brick oven pizza with more than 100 people in attendance.
Great River Homes, Inc. recognized the sixty-five employees who provide direct support to seventy children and adults. “The success of Great River Homes, Inc. during the past 42 years is the result of quality services provided by dedicated employees and support from families and the community,” said Michael Weinandt, Administrator.
“Great River Homes, Inc. would not exist without caring and compassionate employees. Direct support is one of the most challenging and rewarding occupations. A special thank you is extended to our employees and their families for the sacrifices you make to be there to provide essential support. Your work is appreciated this week and every week of the year,” said Michael Weinandt, Administrator.
Dan Schaefer, a board member of Great River Homes, Inc. took the opportunity to recognize the importance of the trust and respect between direct support staff and individuals. Dan also said, “We need to keep telling the story of Great River Homes, Inc. to increase public awareness, understanding and support”.
Employees of Great River Homes, Inc. receive special recognition after five years of employment and every five years thereafter. Longevity of employment is valued because of the experience and accumulated knowledge. The 2018 milestone employees of Great River Homes, Inc. are: Shelly Kopp (5 years), Susan Hermann (10 years), Tom Grable (15 years), Kim Pyle (15 years), Jim Newman (30 years) and Mitzi Ryan (35 years).
Round Hill donated the brick oven pizza. Tim Kriese of Lake City provided musical entertainment at no charge. Kwik Trip donated bottled water.
Great River Homes, Inc. is a non-profit organization with a mission of improving the lives of people with disabilities in Wabasha County by providing person-centered services.