I really enjoy the people I meet on the job and the great people I work with at OCCK. I worked for 37 years at my last job, and I've only been a CityGo bus driver for a little over a year, but I like driving and helping people get to work or just get out into the Salina community. The riders count on me to get them where they need to go in a safe, timely manner. I like that responsibility and the chance to meet people from all walks of life – especially since my former job didn't offer much opportunity for interacting with the public.
Buster Base - CityGo Bus Driver
For me, driving the OCCK Med-A-Van is a mission. I transport people to and from the hospital. It's an important service offered by OCCK, and it enables me to help people in a very direct and meaningful way. I spent most of my working life as a cross-country truck driver, carrying freight. Now I'm proud to be carrying the most precious cargo.
Jim Cox - OCCK Med-A-Van Driver
OCCK makes staff training a high priority. Since my employment in 1976 with the agency, my colleagues and I have had the opportunity to learn and grow every single day. I started at OCCK as an employment trainer and advanced to employment coordinator, then had the opportunity to work as a service coordination specialist. Now I am the regional manager of residential and employment services. The agency looks at you as an individual and not just as an employee. Just as rewarding as the professional and personal support you get at OCCK is witnessing firsthand when the individuals we serve grow and successfully take on new responsibilities - for example, when they take on new jobs or move into their own apartments or learn new skills. It's a privilege to work here and be part of it all.
Barb Wise - Beloit Regional Manager
I've worked for nursing homes, cleaning services, and manufacturing firms, but the 10 years I've been at OCCK is definitely the time I've most enjoyed the people I work with. It's hard to express how rewarding it is to teach people a task and see how they feel about it being the most important job they have ever had. This also includes the pride they take in their work. Currently I supervise crews of two or three people at the Ottawa County Rest Area, where we clean, dump trash, and, depending on the season, shovel snow or mow and trim the grounds. It's great to hear the rest area visitors compliment us on a job well done!
Teresa Dennison - QCS Lead Trainer/Supervisor
Helping individuals who are challenged in a variety of ways find the services they need to live safe, healthy, and happy lives is very rewarding. Often I work with the parents of children and young adults who have special needs. Of course, there are setbacks similar to those we all experience in life, but I know that I can make the lives of these individuals – and their families – easier and better by helping them learn how to help themselves. It's an inspiration to see people overcome obstacles and have fun, laugh, and live life to their full potential. Before starting at OCCK seven years ago, I worked in the dental and health professions. Here my job is much more comprehensive: I get to work with every aspect of individuals' lives – going beyond health issues to build confidence and greater independence.
Connie Coleman - Service Coordination Specialist
At OCCK, I assist people in learning how to live independently. The format is either one-on-one counseling or working in very small groups. During the year that I've been here, I've watched a number of people achieve surprising levels of independence. I enjoy supporting people while they are shopping and getting to places they would like to visit. One of the highlights of my job is getting to work closely with people and to make a positive difference in their lives.
Paul Alexander - Residential Trainer
I am a case manager and a case manager supervisor. I have been with OCCK for 13 years, and during that time I have come to understand how much we all share and have in common. I enjoy being with people no matter what their situation in life. We all have disabilities to some degree. This job enables me to deepen that understanding and live by that principle. As a case manager, I help people find the resources to meet their needs, encourage them to learn skills that will enable them to live more independently, and do the nuts and bolts things so that they can access the federal and state developmental disability systems. The personal growth and smiles of the people we serve make all our efforts worthwhile.
Jacque Skieff - Service Coordination Specialist Team Leader
Even after 26 years at OCCK, each day brings new experiences. I supervise a staff of four, and I am responsible for the daily operation of the Concordia facility, which includes anything that pertains to our people, to the quality of the products we make, and our production contracts. The most rewarding aspect of my job is the interaction I have with the people we serve. I especially enjoy being part of an organization that helps challenged individuals expand their capabilities. There's a spirit of working together toward common goals – like the time we had to finish a contract before Christmas, and staff from every department came out to give us a hand so that we could complete the job on time.
Sandy Cote - Employment Service Team Leader