SERVING THE HEART OF LOUISIANA EMPLOYEE NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2008 Gone Fishin’ There were tears, cheers and well wishes flowing freely at the retirement party for long time em- ployee Jerry Cheveallier. Jerry was not only cele- brating 30 years of service, but we also saluted him and his family for an ending to a great era. The Cheveallier family has a great history with Volunteers of America, beginning with his father J.C. (deceased) who served as Executive Director of the organization, and then Clint Cheveallier, Candi Faust, Ray and Eula Mae Jackson, Jerry, Cheri Cheveallier, his mom - Eula Mae and soon after, his Corky (Jerry’s wife) and David Cheveallier. two brothers - Clint and David who served as well. Jerry served as Direc- tor of Enterprise and Maintenance for Vol- unteers of America with pride and great leadership. He has one of the kindest hearts you’ll ever come across...and one A few co-workers dropped off well wishes. of the most fun-loving too! He always lent a helping hand. Most of the time you didn’t even have to ask...he just knew you needed it. He was a cornerstone of our or- ganization - one of the “lifers”. Special friends, family and co-workers were on hand to pay tribute to Jerry through poems and the sharing of memorable moments. The after- noon ended with an appropriate countdown (as most of you know, Jerry counted down the last months of his retirement) with noise makers. Jerry gave so much of himself to Volunteers of America, it’s only fitting now that he deservingly takes time for himself and go fishing. The program ended with an appropriate countdown, complete with noise makers! Jerry Cheveallier Thank you Jerry for serving the mission of Volunteers of America. Photos (top left to right): Jerry with Presi- dent and CEO Jane F. Shank. Recreating a photo they took in the eighties are: Bud Snowden, Rosanne Acampora, Brenda Chen- evert, Patti Fugler and Jerry Cheveallier. (Bottom left to right): Jerry with his Mainte- nance crew, Randy Ro- mero, Mike Robin and Johnny Horton. Jerry with Greta Patter- son, our new Enterprise Coordinator. THE EMPLOYEE CORNER Please keep Jeremy Fugler, son of Patti Fugler, Corporate Office, in your prayers. He has returned to Iraq for his second tour of duty. We are praying for Denise Morvant, Accounting, and her family. She lost her brother Ronny Lafitte to brain cancer this month. I believe that there are many attributes that are used to describe us externally. However, these attributes don’t necessarily define who we are internally, because we are not truly defined by what we do, but by the character in which we do them. Who are we really? It has been said that “reputation is what man thinks you are” and “character is who God knows you are.” There was a time in my life that if some- one had asked me to define who I was, I would have responded by giving them my job title, parental and marital status, my leadership roles in the church, and the list goes on. The fact remains that there is only one that is righteous in God’s sight, and his name is Jesus. As we pursue him by faith, his righteousness is accounted toward us. Thank God! I’m reminded of the story of the Prodigal Son, where the son leaves his father’s paradise to pursue a riotous lifestyle, just to end up in a pig’s pen. After he comes to his senses he realizes “whose he is” and because of the great love of the Father, his welcome was rein- stated, in spite of the shame of who he once was. What a great picture of love, mercy, and forgiveness. So remember who you are, but most of all whose you are. Mike Robin, Maintenance Department Honoring Our Veterans This Veterans Day proved to be very special for a group of Gar- field House residents. They visited the USS KIDD. Garfield House, a transitional housing program for veterans is home to 9 men who served our country proudly. Those feelings of pride resurfaced during their tour, which the Volunteers of America’s Women’s Auxiliary made possible. The USS KIDD is a veterans memorial, which serves to honor the men and women of our armed forces. “Even though they’d never been here before, they basically gave me a tour,” said Mona Whitted, the program’s manager. “That was such a highlight of the day, just seeing them happy as they showed me around the ship.” The men stopped for lunch at Applebee’s and for dinner headed straight over to Logan’s Roadhouse. The ladies of the auxiliary just wanted to make sure that they had a full Veterans Day of activities and for them to know how much we appreciate them. Trick or Treat Give me Something Good To eat! It’s proven to not only be fun for the kids, but for the adults as well. Families Helping Families once again hosted “Treats at the Village” in which chil- dren and adults with disabilities and their families are able to trick-or- treat around Acadiana Village. Volunteers of America sponsored a house at the village and handed out treats to the trick or treaters. In addition, there was a Hal- loween costume contest and food available under the pavil- ion. Admission was easy! All trick or treaters had to do was bring one canned good per family, with the donations go- ing to a local Lafayette food (Top from Left) Jami Hall, Tasha Girard, Kellie Davis, (Bottom left) Debra Williams and Andrea Gammon bank. Some employees even got daring! Bridget Clark was Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, Ericka Ledezma was Pocahontas and Amanda Parrish was a flamingo. The 7 P’s Who says training can’t be fun? Nicole Driebe, from our national office recently led a training at the Baton Rouge Area Foundation for Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge’s Management Leadership Team. Trainings are held quarterly and focus on different topics. This session focused on the 7 P’s of Leadership: Purpose, People, Persistence, Perspective, Positive thinking, Power for good or evil and Passion. Shown in the photos is the opening exer- cise where each program updated the group on what’s going on within their program with an illustration. Nicole makes sure that each of her trainings are full of energy and are fun, all the while sending us away with great motivation. The next training for the Management Leadership team is December 4th. Save The Date Board Member’s Hard Work Pays Off Volunteers of America’s Ministers are host- Congratulations are in order for our Board ing a Christmas Spiritual Celebration for the member, Cheri Ausberry who has been Baton Rouge area on December 12th at 10:00 receiving great career accolades and reach- a.m. The celebration will be held downtown ing milestones. She received the 2nd Quar- at St. James Episcopal Church, 205 North 4th ter Circle of Excellence Award from Capital Street. The Lafayette area has scheduled their celebration for One Bank, one of the highest awards an December 23rd and the Lake Charles area for December 19th. employee can receive from the bank. Cheri also had the opportunity to be a part of a If you are a singer or musician in the Baton Rouge area and cross functional team that developed the would like to join the Volunteers of America choir, the first Volunteer of the Year Program Core Team. practice will be held on Monday, November 24th from 11:30 – She was honored at a luncheon and recep- 1:00 p.m. at the Corporate office, 3949 North Blvd. Lunch will tion in McClean, Virginia where Rich Fair- be provided. Future rehearsals are scheduled for the following bank, Capital One CEO spoke. consecutive Mondays during that same time. For more information, contact Nina Jack at (225) 925-2372. To top off her trailblazing efforts, Cheri received a promotion to Vice President, Community Development Banking. Wow! Don’t forget to let me know about all of your Volunteers of America is truly grateful to upcoming holiday events. Connections would like have her as a member of our board. to be a part of it! Email email@example.com EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES In Baton Rouge: Clinical Therapist, Director of Residential Services for The Reilly Center for Children and Families, Direct Care Worker, Direct Support Professional, Medical Case Manager In Lafayette: Bus Driver, Certified Teacher, Direct Care Worker, Direct Support Worker In Lake Charles: Case Manager I, Trainer Please visit our website at www.voagbr.org for descriptions and application details on these career opportunities. Click Get Involved or go to Career Opportunities, located under the About Us navigation button.
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