In recognition of Dedication to the Southwest Key Mission

December 23, 2010 at 10:07 am Leave a comment

The end of the year is a great time to recognize those who have made a difference in how we do our work. At the Southwest Key Programs’ National Holiday Party, annual Employee Awards were announced for staff and programs with outstanding performance and incredible dedication to the Southwest Key mission.

The recipient of the Angel Award, Richard Martinez, is an Accountant at headquarters more than ten years ago as a part-time employee after retiring from a 30-year career in accounting and management in the government sector. Since then he has overseen accounting for the unaccompanied minor federal programs, one of the largest programs for Southwest Key.

Cathy Hammonds, Executive Assistant at the Georgia programs, was named Employee of the Year for inspiring others to join her in exceeding expectations and maintaining taking ownership of problems by assessing and resolving them in a manner that consistently supports staff.

The Program Director of the Year Estela Sanchez (Staff Secure Shelter in Houston), has transformed her program by balancing a budget with serious complications; improving the admissions process to ensure that those most in need were better served, more quickly; leading a new trauma based pilot project through the shelter; and reducing on-the-job-injuries from within two years.

The Staff Secure Unaccompanied Minors Shelter in Houston won Program of the Year in recognition of the transformation it has undergone in 2010. One year ago it was a challenged program and in need of strong leadership and a reinvestment in its success by staff. Through strong leadership and dedicated staff, this shelter is now a model program throughout the agency.

– Narissa Johnson
Ext. Communications Manager
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Entry filed under: Community Service, Southwest Key Programs.

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