January 18, 2010 23:49 by Vicki
Kim was born in Central City, Nebraska and moved to Kearney, Nebraska when she was one years old. She remained in Kearney until she graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in December of 1994 with a Bachelor' s of Art Degree in Elementary and Physical Education. After graduation she began teaching in Niobrara, Nebraska where she met her husband, Duane, of 12 years. About 6 years ago, Duane and Kim decided to move their family of five to the Lake area to pursue her husband's fishing career. Kim has three children, Robert, Zach, and Payton who keep her extremely busy with all of their extra curricular activities. In her spare time Kim enjoys reading, walking her dog, playing the Wii Fit Plus with her family, and jamming out on her keyboard. She also volunteers at her local church helping teach the Wednesday night Bible Drill, Children's Church on Sunday morning every fourth month, and working nursery duty every third Sunday morning.
Kim came to CALO last August as a tutor, where shortly after she was asked to become the math teacher. She truly loves her job helping the students discover that they really don't hate math as much as they think they do. And that yes, they will eventually understand it, and yes it will take hard work! Since Kim was a little girl she knew that at sometime in her life she would be working with troubled youth. Kim says last fall that dream became a reality for her and she couldn't be happier working anyplace else. "It is such a joy to wake up and look forward to going to work and seeing what new challenges can be conquered", she says.
December 21, 2009 23:26 by Vicki
Abby was born and raised in Kirksville, Missouri and has one brother, Ira. She was a cheerleader, a dancer, and served on student council in high school. As a teenager she worked in a hair salon as a receptionist, at a gas station, and at a snack bar at the local golf course. She attended Central Methodist College having aspirations of becoming a lawyer but changed that to education. She graduated from CMC in December of 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science. She holds two teaching certificates in high school social studies and elementary education, and is also a certified preschool director. During college she met Morgan who played football and Abby cheered him on.
Abby got married to Morgan three weeks after graduation and has been married for seven years. Morgan is an assistant parts manager for Marine Max and grew up in Four Seasons. Abby and Morgan have two daughters, Scout and Molly. The Mayer's spent a couple of years living in St. Louis and have now made the lake their home.
When Abby is not running after her children, she enjoys traveling, reading and watching movies. In her spare time, she crochets blankets for the “Layne Grace Project” that delivers care packages to hospitals for families of still born babies.
Abby says that “CALO is the place for me. I have never been so happy in my life knowing that I am making a difference in the lives of our kids”.
November 18, 2009 02:12 by Vicki
In November of 2007 I saw an ad in the newspaper for a residential coach at CALO. Ken interviewed me and the next thing I know I was doing a trial shift. Shellie Gavette worked with me that day. I didn’t think I would get the job because I got choked up and began to cry in a caseload group with Rob. One of Rob’s students and her family were sharing stories. One of the family members began to cry and so did I. On my way home I remember thinking that I wouldn’t be hired because I was a wimp. Shellie called it empathetic and I was offered the job.
It was a rough first day. The female students were pretty hard on me. One of the girls asked me if I was going to quit. I answered her by saying, no. I’ll never forget that she said, “good, because I’m worth it”! She was worth it and I never looked back.
I’m a mom so I enjoyed learning about Trust of Care. More...
September 21, 2009 21:44 by Vicki
CALO has established an Employee Emergency Assistance Fund. This fund helps staff members in times of emergency financial need, such as accidents, illnesses, loss of household income, natural disasters or any other economic emergency.
Full and part time employees are eligible once they have been employed by CALO for at least 6 months; have had no disciplinary action within 90 days; and have exhaustedall other means of assistance. Employees can receive assistance once during a 12 month period.
An eligible employee completes an employee emergency assistance application requesting financial assistance and submits it to the director of human resources. The application must include original copies of invoices or receipts and an explanation of the situation. Employees can request assistance for housing, utilities (except telephone), car repair, medical bills, natural disasters and other related needs.
Each application is submitted to the Leadership Team. The employee's name remains confidential. The Leadership Team can approve all, part or none of the request. If any part of the request is approved, a check is made payable to the creditor or company, not the employee.
The assistance program is funded entirely by donations. Staff submit payroll deduction forms to the human resources office to contribute and many families choose to donate to the program, therefore offering assistance to all employees rather than gifting individuals during the year and especially near the holidays.
August 19, 2009 17:56 by Vicki
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense organization established in 1972. Its mission is to gain and maintain employer support that seeks to promote a culture in which all American Employers support and value the military service of their employees.
In this environment, civilian employers play a critical role in the defense of the nation by complying with existing employment laws protecting the rights of workers who serve in the Reserve component.
CALO was nominated by Missouri National Guardsman, Ross Reinhart to receive an ESGR Above and Beyond Award in recognition of extraordinary support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. Ross joined CALO on New Years Eve in 2007 and is currently serving in Iraq.
On Friday, 8/14 CALO was honored at ESGR’s annual awards banquet held in Jefferson City, Missouri. Employer recipients from the State of Missouri gathered for the affair. It was a beautiful evening and an honor to accept the award. This is the second year that CALO has received an award from ESGR and we will continue to support staff and families of those who serve in all branches of the military.
July 22, 2009 17:37 by Vicki
CALO recently changed from having one Registered Nurse on-site during business hours, to 24 hour nursing seven days per week. Nurses are an integral part of providing care to our students. Our nurses cumulatively have 133 years of experience. This experience covers a broad range of expertise including Oncology, Cardiac, Pulmonary, Asthma and Diabetes care, to name a few. They have worked from Missouri, Iowa, Colorado, New Jersey, to as far away as Hawaii and even Africa. One of our nurses assisted in pre-natal and immunization clinics during an African Christian Mission in Zaire and traveled the desert of Northern Kenya performing height-for-weight assessments on children, talking with the village elders and chiefs during a Food for the Hungry Mission.
CALO nurses are responsible for meeting the day-to-day medical needs of our students, dispensing medication, dispensary oversight, securing doctor, dentist and specialty appointments and keeping parents informed of their child’s health, medical and psychiatric needs and provided care.
CALO also has a contracted dietician who works directly with our kitchen manager/head chef to assure that our students nutritional and any special dietary needs are being met. Our dietician also meets monthly with our students to provide nutritional education highlighting specific areas of concern for adolescents.
Stop by to meet our Nurses: Karen Harris, Maryanne Murray, Mary Ann Duckworth, Janet Graham, Tara Johnson and Caran Shen.
June 18, 2009 00:27 by Vicki
A coach arrives for their shift and begins their day by meeting about critical issues from the night before which range from a student having laundry in a washer to a student needing closeness. They discuss important daily information about each student on their team such as doctor’s appointments, new medications, campus events, and family visits. The shift lead assigns each staff member to be responsible for a daily task such as rhythm control, stewardships or school assignments. Staff then prepares stewardship supplies and gathers student shoes and coats (weather permitting). Staff will make sure two-way radios are assigned to ensure communication between all teams. Coaches then move from room to room waking students as they would wake their own child, setting the rhythm for the day.
As students wake up they begin to preparing for the day. Over the next two hours students care for the dogs (walking, feeding, etc.), have breakfast together in the community dining room, straighten their rooms and work together to make sure their living areas are clean and tidy. After the morning activities, students attend school, recreation therapy, or therapeutic groups depending on their team schedule. Students’ formal therapy sessions either individually or with their family are scheduled throughout the day. After lunch and the dining room clean-up, it is again time to care for the golden retrievers and/or spend some time with staff and peers. During these times, coaches participate in all activities along with the students. Coaches handle canines, participate in recreational therapy and school, control rhythms, and converse with students about their previous day such as how they slept, or what’s on their mind. Coaches handle issues as they arise from walking the canines to caring for students who are feeling ill. Coaches provide trust of care and trust of control and continually build relationships with the students. More...