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October Employee of the Month

It’s a new month, which means a new employee of the month!

Congratulations to October’s Employee of the Month, Andy Gaither. Did we mention he is an individual served at MRI? Andy started at MRI back in 1994 and will be celebrating his 25th anniversary this October as a license plate technician.

Andy was nominated for employee of the month by fellow coworkers back in license plates. Andy was nominated because “he is very friendly and tries his best at everything he does. He is always willing to help others even when not asked. He goes above and beyond in the plates area”.

Congratulations, Andy! You deserve this award!

Meaningful Meadows Mural

 

It was a fun summer at MRI! While the finishing touches were happening on MRI’s Meaningful Meadows, the 1.5 acre innovative outdoor activity center, the individuals served, MRI staff, volunteers from the community and Eric Weatherford got started on the beautiful mural concept that Eric and all the persons served created and decided upon back in June.

“Eric did a great job in designing an artistic piece that really affected the child in us but was not for children,” said Amy Bliefnick, CEO/President at MRI.

With the help of MRI staff, volunteers and persons served at MRI, the project took about a week to complete, with Eric taking a second a final week finishing the fine details of the mural.

It turned out wonderful! Eric did an amazing job capturing what Meaningful Meadows is and the individuals served were so happy and excited to help Eric bring the mural to life. MRI can’t thank Eric enough for his amazing work in Meaningful Meadows!

This program was partially supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and the Decatur Area Arts Council.

Scroll below to see pictures from the process of painting the mural to the final product!

 

 

   

Meaningful Meadows Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

 

Macon Resources, Inc. (MRI) held their ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday, September 24, for their innovative outdoor activity center for adults with developmental disabilities, Meaningful Meadows.  Meaningful Meadows is one of the most unique inclusive recreational areas offered in the state of Illinois for adults with developmental disabilities.

Meaningful Meadows has the following features throughout the acre and a half park:

  • Exercise – features include a walking path, basketball & pickle ball court, splash pad, and putting green
  • Sensory – includes a waterfall, chimes, butterfly garden, plants and flowers, a sound board, and human“car wash”
  • Escape – features several different quiet and relaxing areas around Meaningful Meadows

“Exercise, physical fitness, fresh air, all helps with the education,” said Amy Bliefnick, CEO/President of MRI. “It helps us to be sharper and smarter, learn easier, and helps us enjoy life a little more.”

Karina Hayes, a client at MRI said “It gives us a chance to experience what nature is and interact with others.”

300 guests joined MRI to help celebrate the grand opening of Meaningful Meadows. It was a fun-filled day full of smiles, laughter and tons of fun activities happening in the outdoor activity center once the ribbon was cut. The persons served were playing basketball and pickle ball on their new basketball and pickle ball court. Families enjoyed swinging together on the wheelchair swings and playing with the musical chimes. Snack stations were placed around the entire walking path for guests to enjoy and giving them the chance to see what Meaningful Meadows has to offer for adults with developmental disabilities.

It was an amazing day at MRI!

Click here to learn more about Meaningful Meadows!

Continue scrolling to see more pictures from the ribbon cutting ceremony of Meaningful Meadows.

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