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Mountain Valley Developmental Services Awards and Appreciation Dinner

Kim Doose

They are as loyal as your best friend, as committed as your best employee; and as dedicated as a winning team.

Mountain Valley Developmental Services Supported Employment Program hosted its 11th annual Appreciation Dinner on Tuesday, April 11, in Glenwood at the BPO Elks Lodge.

More than forty people from MVDS and their respective employers were honored for their contributions to the community and their capabilities to the local workforce.

While the organization helps individuals with developmental disabilities live full and independent lives, they also work with local businesses to find meaningful work for MVDS clients.

More than 15 years after its inception, the program appears to be a win-win for everyone.

“If I didn’t have them to help me, I couldn’t do it.” Said Lana Stone, who manages On the Way Market in Glenwood. “They always have a positive attitude that reflects on the work force,” said Meredith Batterman, who works in human resources at Wal-Mart in Glenwood. “And it allows them to grow.”

Businesses such as 19th Street Diner, Safeway, and Wal-Mart play important roles in the lives of MVDS clients. “Without employers, we wouldn’t have the program,” Said Joe Napier, who is director of vocational services at MVDS.

As employee and employers received awards and MVDS clients cheered in the background, Joel Bone reflected on what makes MVDS so special. “We are always a family here,” he said.

But most of all, they are a team. And that’s why Coach Don Miller was the guest speaker.

Coach still likes to hang out with winning teams.


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