The Interhab Outstanding Personal Growth Award was presented to Brendan Darnell at the state conference held in Topeka.

The summer before his senior year, Brendan moved to Beloit, found an apartment, and started receiving support from OCCK’s Independent Living Program and Employment Services.     Learning to live on your own and attending school requires lots of balancing.  Brendan was able to graduate that spring.

He was then elected to be a community council member for DPOK, which is the Community Developmental Disability Organization (CDDO) for our nine counties.

Brendan was appointed by the governor to serve on the board of the Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities.  Currently, Brendan is serving as Vice-President and just recently was a part of the grant reviewing team.

Brendan has a part time job at Dollar General, but is currently seeking a full time job with the help of employment services. He is currently doing a job experience at our local nursing home.

The Interhab Outstanding Business award was presented to Todd Aldolf, Ray’s Apple Market, Beloit, Kansas.  Ray’s willingness to hire a diverse workforce has opened the door for many individuals.  As we all know employment gives people purpose, self-esteem, and a sense of accomplishment and pride.  Ray’s has the same philosophy as OCCK, they both feel people should have the opportunity to pursue careers of their choice, participate in the workforce, and engage actively in the economic workplace.  The positive impact that Todd has made on many individuals is enormous in promoting individual independence and in the pursuit of a meaningful life.

Congratulations to both Brendan and Ray’s Apple Market on their awards.

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