Ohio Valley Goodwill and its staff team were pleased to participate in the 2014 annual South West Rehabilitation Association (SWORA) yearly awards luncheon event held on Friday, December 5th at the Clovernook Country Club. The annual awards luncheon is held each year to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of rehabilitation. More than 70 people attended this year’s event which celebrates performance in a number of categories including: Outstanding Achievement, Employer of the Year, Rehabilitation Practitioner, Rehabilitation Support Staff, Rehabilitation Manager, Rehabilitation Organization, Advocacy, Rehabilitation Program of the Year and the Tomko Award.
Ohio Valley Goodwill was pleased to present the Rehabilitation Organization of the Year Award to the Veterans Administration Vocational Rehabilitation Program, an organization that Goodwill nominated and works closely with. The VA provides counseling, transportation, housing, return to work services, medical coordination, pre-college and college entry assistance, and civilian transition services. In nominating the VA Vocational Rehabilitation Program, Jay Kehoe, a Clerical Training Instructor in Goodwill’s Office Procedures and Computer Technology training program and a veteran himself, mentioned that the VA’s Vocational Rehab Program has had a tremendous effect on our veterans. “Team members take the time to observe their clients’ progress and the interaction between student and instructor: they ask questions and expect answers on behalf of their clients. They are an ear to listen, a hand to guide, and sometimes a shoulder to lean on,” said Kehoe. Goodwill is pleased to help recognize the outstanding work done by the VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program.
Ohio Valley Goodwill congratulates all of the 2014 SWORA Award honorees as well as those in attendance for their important contributions to the field of rehabilitation. Goodwill provides a diverse array of training and employment services for men and women with disabilities and other barriers to employment. For more information about these programs and services, please visit, www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/services.