TWIN RIVERS DEVELOPMENTAL SUPPORTS, INC.PO Box 133
Strother Field - 22179 D Street Phone: (620)442-3575 or (620)221-6140
Arkansas City, KS 67005 Fax: (620)442-6438 or (620)221-1410
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April - June 2017
40th Anniversary Banquet
This year Twin Rivers celebrates 40 years of supporting individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities in Cowley County. Over the past 40 years Twin Rivers has strived to provide individuals the opportunity for employment in our sheltered workshop and an inviting place to call home in our residential program.
To celebrate, an anniversary banquet was held for individuals and staff on the evening of May 12th at the Cowley College Brown Center in Arkansas City.
The Key Note Speaker that evening was Becky S. Wolfe. She is the current President-CEO of the Andover Area Chamber of Commerce and previous Executive Director for Leadership Butler, a county wide community leadership program for 20 years. She is a volunteer advocate and encourages giving back following working in the non profit world all of her career.
A wonderful meal was provided by Great Western Dining. Attendees were entertained during dinner with music by Lane Turgeon and a picture presentation of Twin Rivers throughout the years.
At the end of the evening staff and consumers were presented with a 40th anniversary t-shirt that was printed by individuals employed in the Screen Printing department at Twin Rivers.
As always we would like to thank the many parents, guardians and families for trusting us with the care of their loved ones throughout the last 40 years. The support and care for your loved ones will always remain our first priority.
Here at Twin Rivers we are proud to have many long term staff. Below is a list of individuals who have been with the company for 5 years and above.
35 + Years
25 + Years
20 + Years
Gina Riggs, Betty Webber, Joni Barnes, Catheryn Joyce and Donna Widener
15 + Years
Shelly Simpson, Bruce Winegarner, Carol Logan, Tammy Powell, Monette McCune and Imagean Ploof
10 + Years
Susan Spaulding, Vicki Athearn, Julie Hoag, Beth Yatsko, Sandy Williams, John Stickel and Larry Todd
5 + Years
Lindsay Pond, Tressa Sherman, Sandy Bogle, Lisa Brown, Lisa Morgan, Joe Tovar, Rianne Schumacher, Mary Gann, Kyle Conrad, Brittani Alexander, Kevin Templin, Lindsay Barger, Sharon Hauber and Carolyn Thomas.
Darian Allen joined Twin Rivers in February of 2015 and receives both day and residential services. He was born and raised in Winfield, attending and graduating from Winfield High School. Darian attends the day program Monday thru Friday where he works on a variety of different jobs such as shredding, working with tools and packaging. His favorite job is packaging. He enjoys spending time with his friends Austyn, Jarrod and Scott.
He currently resides in Winfield where he lives with three other roommates. While at home he enjoys sleeping in, reading and his alone time. He enjoys cooking all kinds of food. His favorites however are tacos and Chinese. For fun Darian enjoys riding his mountain bike. He also likes working with machinery, especially engines. Playing football and teaching the game to kids is also a favorite activity of his. Darian has always dreamed of becoming a storm chaser. This began when he was young and saw his first tornado. He was able to capture the event on camera and submitted it to a news station in Wichita. On the weekends Darian likes to go to the movies. In addition, he enjoys spending time with his family which includes his parents, brother and grandparents.
The annual Push Day was held on May 16th at the Capitol steps in Topeka, KS.
Push Day is a day for Kansans with developmental disabilities and their families, as well as disability advocates to call on the legislature to put forward new laws and policies to improve and sustain their abilities to live independently in their communities.
For 2017, InterHab and its members reminded legislators to #RememberIDD as they consider increases to Medicaid HCBS reimbursement rates that fund community-based services for Kansans with developmental disabilities.
Without sufficient funding, the IDD system is in danger of collapsing.
A group of individuals and staff from Twin Rivers attended the event.
Pictured at right are Jarrod, Lisa, Joe, Austin, Robin and staff member Ruthie. They are dressed in Push Day t-shirts that were printed by Individuals in the screen printing department.
I am Sharon Hauber. I am not a native of Winfield, but I have lived here most of my adult life. I have been employed here at Twin Rivers as a Vocational Trainer since 2011. I have worked most of my life in this field in different capacities with the exception of selling real estate for a couple of years, which was fun and exciting, but it was not where my heart is. Obviously though for my husband it is, as he has been a real estate broker for over 40 years, and still enjoys it immensely.
I have two children. My daughter Misti and her husband live in Maize, KS, and she works at WSU, as the buyer, marketing and designer for WSU apparel that is sold in the bookstore. Her husband is the head coach at Friends University. They are the parents of the cutest bulldog named Clementine Mae.
My son Nate and his wife live in Topeka. He is the executive area minister for the South Central Region. He just received his Doctorate of Ministry in May this year. His wife teaches 4th grade in the public school system in Topeka. They are in the final stages of adopting a little nine year old girl, Nique. We are so thrilled that we get to become her for-ever family. I am still trying to learn this “grandma” thing, but I am loving it so far.
I have a “fur-baby” that is spoiled rotten and is absolutely adored. She is a seven year old Shih-Tzu named Daphne. I enjoy baking sweet items for my husband who thinks he needs baked items each day. I also enjoy grabbing a cup of coffee and heading out to our deck with a good book. I am enjoying being a part of Twin Rivers. As long as I have worked in this field, I still go home after work, so humbled to be a part of a group of people that teach me and show me more than I could ever teach them. I am blessed for this opportunity.
Business Appreciation Month
Each year Cowley First, Ark City and Winfield Chamber of Commerce nominate businesses and organizations to the Kansas Department of Commerce for Recognition at both the county and state level as an outstanding business as part of Business Appreciation month which is celebrated in June.
Cowley First Nominated Twin Rivers this year. In addition to state level recognition, Cowley First and the two Chambers of Commerce hosted a reception recognizing our business as well as those nominated by the other entities. The reception was held at the Wheat State Winery on June 22nd.
During the presentation Twin Rivers was awarded the 2017 Business Appreciation Month Award of Merit. The award is an acknowledgment of a business’ outstanding contribution to the community, state economy and the people of Kansas
Do you enjoy helping others? If so come check us out, we may have a job for you!
Twin Rivers currently has direct support positions available in our Community Living Program. Schedules vary and require working evening, overnight and weekend hours. Starting hourly wage is $8.78 with additional wages of $.50 per hour per year of verifiable experience in a related field up to four years for a maximum starting wage of $10.78. Responsibilities include but are not limited to supporting individuals with developmental disabilities in their home setting and in community activities.
Qualifications: High School graduate or GED is required. Experience in working with the handicapped is preferred.
KBI, driver, ANE, KDHE and Medicaid fraud checks are completed on all employees. Drug testing will be done pre-employment and randomly. Twin Rivers is an equal opportunity employer. Working at Twin Rivers you can make a difference in the lives of others!
2017 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
July 4th - Independence day
September 4th - Labor Day
October 27th - Arkalalahy
November 23rd & 24th - Thanksgiving
December 22nd & 25th - Christmas Holiday
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