Case managers provide support and encouragement once Goodwill clients find a job. Horizon Goodwill serves the quad-state region.
Dunnavant's road hasn't been easy. The first several jobs didn't work out because of conflicts with co-workers, but Always Ron's proved to be the right fit for her.
She started working there as a dishwasher almost two years ago and has worked her way up to dishwashing supervisor. Her advice to those seeking employment?
"They need to go to Goodwill. They'll help you out," Dunnavant said.
The dinner was held at Cortland Mansion in Hagerstown on Wednesday, May 9.
Also honored at the awards dinner was Dawn Spiker, who received the Achiever of the Year Award. Spiker has been working at Beverly Living Center in Cumberland, Md.
When Spiker's previous job was eliminated, she was faced with barriers to employment, including transportation and job-hunting skills. Case Manager Heather Raley was Spiker's support system and helped her find the job at Beverly, where she works as a dining service assistant.
"I want to thank Goodwill for all the support they've given me over the last 12 years. Thank you for nominating me for Achiever of the Year," Spiker said.
Diana Trail, who is profoundly disabled, received the Chuck Robinette Spirit of Goodwill Award. She was nominated by three of her caregivers with the day program Horizon Goodwill has offered in Cumberland since 1986.
"Diana has made such strides in the past year in her volunteer work," agency nurse Pam Ringer said. "The struggles she goes through every day just to get to work ..."
Trail, 45, has been helping with recycling and volunteers at Finan Fashions in the Finan Center in Cumberland, where she helps bag items being purchased and helps hold bags. She uses a special walker that has given her some independence and mobility.
Other businesses and volunteers were also recognized and the 50th anniversary of the Cumberland office was marked.
Horizon Goodwill CEO/Executive Director Craig Maclean brought the evening to a close with some words of inspiration.
"Keep in mind no matter what the nature of the disability or barrier . . . somewhere in that person is potential. Bring it out and in doing so build a life and a future," Maclean said.
Honorees at the Horizon Goodwill Industries 52nd Annual Awards Dinner:
· Deborah Dunnavant; Bennett S. Rubin Graduate of the Year;
· Dawn Spiker; Achiever of the Year;
· Diana Trail; Chuck Robinette Spirit of Goodwill Award;
· Amcor Flexibles, Weiss Bros Paper; Employers of the Year;
· Bon-Ton; Business Partner of the Year;
· Hangers Unlimited; Company of the Year;
· Steve Hummel, Marianne Zeigler; Massey Roe Community Service Award;
· Sid Huguenin; Board of Directors 2004-2007;
· Serge Ducharme; Chairman of the Board 2006-2007.