The fiscal year ended, the audit was completed, and we are stronger than ever before. In our momentum of growth, we have made sure to continue protecting the resources entrusted to us and providing for the people that matter most. We are blessed every day to have friends and family like you who believe in our mission, program, and people. This month, we have a lot to look forward to and people to celebrate!
As you can tell by the magnet enclosed with this update, we are preparing for our Third Annual Champion Fashion Show. This event continues to amaze us every year, and we love being able to celebrate and share with the community all of our individual's hard work. We believe that this event provides our participants with much-needed recognition. Every day they work hard, and we are so grateful to share their amazing experiences with San Antonio. This year's luncheon will take place on Thursday, April 16, 2020, at the San Antonio Country Club. The format will be similar to past years, but we will have a few unique additions to throw your way. Our individuals will be more involved in this event than ever before; trust us, you won't want to miss it! As we move forward, we will be sending out updates letting you know who our RMI Champion and our Community Champion recipients will be. If you are interested in contributing your time, money, or donations for the event, please contact Wendy Williams, Development Director at 210-508-8429.
We have some bittersweet news to share with everyone. Our fantastic, brilliant, kind, and talented H.R. Director, Ruth Webb, will be leaving RMI after 17 incredible years of service. Ruth has been an asset and a staple to RMI, she will be deeply missed. Ruth is excited about her next life adventure, which entails spending time with her son and finishing school. Her adventure is just beginning. Thankfully, Ms. Webb will not leave us without training and supporting our new H.R. Director, who also happens to be named...Ruth! After a long and exhausting interview process, Ms. Ruth Liggan (for this update, we will call her "L"), who is currently working as our HCS Case Manager. "L" has been with RMI for over ten years and has worked as our Administrative Assistant, Direct Care Staff, and HCS Case Manager. Saying she understands our program would be an understatement. "L" comes to the table with experience, fresh ideas, and a real passion for our program. We are excited to watch her continued success!
He has been called "The Face of RMI," and anyone who has ever been to an LEP event or RMI function knows just who I am talking about. Troy Jackson has been a participant at RMI for almost 15 years, and he has grown up so much since then. When Troy learned that we're opening our Supported Employment program, he was one of the first to jump up and say, "I want a job." We got Troy on-boarded with our S.E. Department and they worked tirelessly to help him understand the skills needed for employment. After training with the team, he became gainfully employed as a custodian at Ft. Sam Houston. Troy has remained employed for the past three years. When we were nominating participants to receive the ARC Achiever of the Year Award, everyone quickly agreed that Troy is THE guy for the job. On October 9, our staff, participants, friends, and family will join together to celebrate Troy and his inspiring efforts towards gaining independence.