Benedictine celebrated milestones in service for 44 of its dedicated staff members in early December. The awards were presented to employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years.
Staff were given a special thank you gift during a recognition luncheon. Staff celebrating 5,10 and 15 years of service were each given a certificate; 20 years received a framed, personal write-up award; 25, and 30 received a framed certificate noting years of service with number of months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds plus a canvas picture of the iconic Benedictine mile lane with its original stone wall entrance. In addition, all staff received a monetary gift based on their years of service.
Chris Whitesell, Operations Manager, celebrated 30 years and retired from Benedictine at the end of December. Whitesell’s career spanned many areas as a Teacher, Counselor, Vice Principal, Coordinator of Therapeutic Group Homes, Interim Education Director, Interim Open Community Program Director, and Operations Coordinator.
“Each year I look forward to celebrating Benedictine’s staff by presenting the Milestone Awards,” stated Scott Evans, Benedictine Executive Director. “This accomplishment truly reflects the dedication that our staff have in supporting the students and adults we serve with dignity and compassion.”
Benedictine commends all its staff milestone awardees for their compassion, dedication, dependability and caring devotion for the children and adults they serve and for their commitment to Benedictine. These traits shine through in their daily interactions with the people they support and their families, as well as co-workers and staff at Benedictine.
Benedictine has over 350 employees who serve children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities and autism at its Ridgely Campus and in its 22 group homes in Caroline, Talbot and Anne Arundel Counties,as well as at the Community Services and Training Center in Easton. Guided by its core values of compassionate caring, dignity of work and hospitality, Benedictine’s mission is to help each individual reach their greatest potential and highest level of independence.
Benedictine is a non-sectarian nonprofit organization helping more than 200 children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism achieve their greatest potential. Benedictine’s year-round educational program is one of only 26 nationwide to earn a two-year accreditation from the National Commission for Accreditation of Special Education Services (NCASES). This program includes home-like living and learning options on the Ridgely, Maryland campus, for children ages 5 to 21 who come from Maryland and surrounding states. Benedictine’s Adult Services program offers employment and vocational services for transitional youth and adults, ages 22 to 70+, in the community and those who live in Benedictine’s group homes in Caroline, Talbot, and Anne Arundel Counties. Benedictine’s Easton Community Services & Training Center prepares the adults it serves to enter the workforce and collaborates with the Talbot County Public Schools to provide services to their students through the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) Program. For more information, visit www.benschool.org.
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