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County Connections Newsletter Fall 2014

The Sullivan Football team was awarded the TIN MAN AWARD in recognition for their commitment to helping others including the annual Sullivan Disability Awareness Country Festival. The Sullivan Football team ha been an integral part of the Sullivan Disability Awarenss County Festival for the past two years. The football players assisted in getting individuals on and off the hayride and monster truck rides safely. They also helped with parking and many other duties throughout the day. This year a scrimmage football game was held between the Sullivan Football team and our Special Olympics Football teams. It was a highlight of the festival. The sportsmanship that was demonstrated was amazing. The Sullivan Eagles have raised the bar for realizing the importance of community involvement for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Congratulations to Mary Helfrich! Mary is our very own Direct Support Professional of the year. She has worked for DSFC for 20 years and had many nominations, even from staff working in several different homes. Way to go Mary!

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Other nominations were:

Jennifer Ash, Dixie Beckett, Anna Bivens, Alice Brooks, Trina Davis, Jessica Dimaya, Heidi Joplin-Donovan, Nacole Gooch, Terri Kleinheider, Esther Nechita, Adrian Purcell, Pam Reisinger, Rishell Rhoades, Jane Shepherd, Marilyn Spears, Anna Swoboda, Dawn Waters, Cynthia Wedemeier, and Mark Welty.

Great job everyone!

 

Bob Cook– Mid-American Coaches- Presented with DSFC’s Tin Man Award in January of 2014
Bob Cook, a driver for Mid-American Coaches, has been a primary driver for DSFC’s recreation program for five years. Last September, he went above and beyond his duty when one client’s luggage, including his medication, was lost, and Cook took him to the pharmacy; and when another client and her mother found out on the trip that their father/husband had had a heart attack and was in the hospital, Cook re-routed the trip so he could personally ensure they arrived at the hospital as soon as possible.

That kind of compassion shows heart, and is why Cook was given a Tin Man Award in January.

“We work with the bus company, we pay them for doing that, but when the driver goes out of his way to make sure people are taken care of, the situation was very stressful . . . then people are just doing that out of the goodness of their heart,” said Kruse.

That deserves recognition.

 

Washington Elk’s Lodge, The Ladies Auxiliary and Big Daddy Sounds- Presented with DSFC’s Tin Man Award in January of 2014Elks 2

 

James Hanny- Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital Speech Therapist- Presented with DSFC’s Tin Man Award in November of 2013
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Joe Ferguson- Revolution Cycles- Presented with DSFC’s Tin Man Award in August of 2011
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