If you’ve been out to the Elkhart County 4-H Fair this year, chances are you’ve seen a bright orange #teamADEC cap.
ADEC distributed nearly 1,200 fair tickets to employees and their families as part of our annual Employee Appreciation Event. It is a small token of our thanks for work that can be taxing and exhausting — emotionally and physically. When our employees clock in each day, they help make dreams come true for the more than 1,000 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities we serve. We are lucky to have a strong team of dedicated professionals who believe in our mission to provide choice and possibility every day to those we serve.
When employees picked up their fair tickets, they were also given a new #teamADEC cap to shield their eyes from the sun as they sampled the treats along Famous Food Row or watched a concert in the free grandstand.
We have also challenged our employees to post selfies of themselves in their new hat with #teamADEC to social media. For every picture they post between now and Sept. 10, they’ll be entered into a drawing for one of five flatscreen televisions (up to 10 entries… no spamming!).
Why #teamADEC? We want more people in the community to realize how many incredible people work at ADEC. It is a little-known fact that ADEC is one of the largest employers in the area.
With more than 1,000 people to serve in 21 locations across Elkhart and St. Joseph counties, it is no wonder that ADEC employs about 400 people at any given time.
Most of those employees are direct support professionals, who work in shifts around-the-clock to ensure that the basic needs of our clients are met at all times. Our DSPs are there when clients wake up in the morning and help them get out the door to work or go on a fun outing to the bowling alley. They greet clients at ADEC’s five day service locations and help them learn new skills like painting or baking. And they’re there at the end of the day to help clients make dinner, pack their lunch for the next day and go to bed.
More than 60 of our employees are at ADEC Industries, where individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities perform packaging and assembly work for industrial customers across the nation. The workers there earn paychecks from ADEC, as do the group leaders that help them develop their work skills.
We also employ a dozen employment consultants who help individuals with disabilities find and keep jobs in the community. They work with local businesses to find good fits for the people we serve, and they coach their clients to help them develop job skills.
Direct Support Professionals, DSPs, fulfill ADEC’s mission of helping individuals served live lives full of choice, possibility and respect on a daily basis.
No experience or certification required. Positions start at $10.75/hour for Residential and $10.25/hour for Day Services.
Both set and flexible schedules available for full and part-time positions, including 20 hour, 30 hour, and 40-hour positions.
We have a handful of therapists on staff that offer music and recreational therapies for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, using song and activity to help them develop new skills.
There is also a team of qualified nurses who make sure the people we serve are receiving top-notch medical care, whether it’s at the doctor’s office or in their homes.
We have a maintenance team that repairs 14 homes and dozens of offices, as well as a transportation team that logs more than 600,000 miles a year taking clients where they need to go.
And there’s the administrative staff that work behind the scenes to make sure those employees receive a paycheck and that all the proper paperwork is completed for ADEC as a nonprofit agency receiving Medicaid funding.
Although we all have different job duties and responsibilities, #teamADEC is about being part of something bigger than any one employee. It’s about working together to ensure the people we serve find A life of their own filled with Dignity, the opportunity for Employment and Community.
Once the fair is over and ADEC’s selfie challenge is complete, we hope #teamADEC will continue as a way for our employees to share how they make a difference every day by coming to work here.