Each year MRI hosts a Christmas luncheon for the people we serve and their family/guardians. The lunch is a wonderful event to welcome families into our building and have an opportunity to interact with friends and family and our staff .
Prior to the lunch we had a prayer provided by individuals served at MRI. Shortly after the prayer there was a special message from MRI President/CEO Amy Bliefnick. Amy welcomed the guests and announced an exciting event coming up in February.
February 8th marks the date of Night To Shine, a prom for individuals with special needs ages 14+. The Tim Tebow foundation proudly sponsors the event and helps to make this evening as extravagant as possible. More information on the event is to come shortly so be sure to keep your eye out for more information on how to be a part of this event.
If you were to visit MRI (Macon Resources, inc.) out on Hubbard Avenue, there is a good chance you would be welcomed by a big smile from Angie. Angie has been with MRI for over 33 years, and has witnessed many changes throughout those years! She has held multiple employment positions around the building; however, working as an Agency Greeter is her most recent achievement!
Growing up, Angie faced bullying throughout school. It was difficult for her to find a place to fit in, and as a result she moved from school to school. As she progressed through school, the bullying intensified and all of the harassment took a toll on her. Eventually she shut herself off from everyone to avoid the negativity. At the age of 17 Angie was able to utilize the services provided by MRI and she finally found a place of belonging. She slowly began to open up and become the kind and caring person she is today.
“I want to be more independent. I want to try stuff on my own.” -Angie
We sat down with Angie one afternoon and had a wonderful time listening to her describe the events of her past that have led her to where she is now. Her early years with MRI were highly supervised. Angie received an escort to help her into, and throughout the building. Once she warmed up to the atmosphere and the people, Angie soon noticed she was receiving more attention from staff than she needed. One night Angie expressed to her mother, “I want to be more independent. I want to try stuff on my own.” and the next day Angie escorted herself into the building. This moment was the first step Angie had taken towards becoming more independent for herself!
As more time passed and confidence in herself grew, Angie wanted to push her sense of independence even further. She wanted to get a job and start earning money on her own. Angie recalls her first job at MRI as stuffing newspapers. During that job she learned valuable skills such as work ethic and money management. With the help of MRI’s employment staff, Angie has held multiple jobs both within MRI and in the community.
Aside from working, Angie also is involved with volunteering! A few years ago Angie was informed that McKinley Court Care Center had multiple opportunities for volunteers at their building in Decatur. Angie took it upon herself to find them in the phone book and give them a call to see where she could help. After receiving the Volunteer of the Year award for three years in a row at McKinley Court, Angie was offered a job there! Her duties consist of; participating in bingo with the residents, socializing and completing paperwork.
Angie is very thankful for the services MRI provides and the skills she has learned along the way. She looks forward to what lies ahead of her and the places she will go.
Karina, a Day Training participant, is fairly new at MRI; however, she has made friends quickly. To be specific, she has made two best friends. Matt, who she loves because he is so unique, and Colleen, who she lives with. Karina is a MRI Ambassador and just recently represented MRI at Texas Roadhouse for a Special Olympics fundraiser.
When she is not hard at work at MRI, Karina enjoys talking on her cell phone.
She also collects bracelets of all kinds, ranging from homemade to gifts to store bought.
She loves any kind of chicken, but especially fried chicken. Her favorite food to cook at home is chicken noodle soup.
Meet Janet Smith
Janet Smith is an employee here at MRI.
What Janet likes best about herself is her strength, independence, and happiness because it takes a strong person to be able to appreciate a lot things in life.
Janet is a big fan of the arts! Some of her favorite movies are Precious and Pursuit of Happiness. Her favorite singers are Keyshia Cole and Mary J. Blige. When she’s in the car she loves to listen to Hip Hop and Rap because it puts her in a good mood. She’s also quite creative herself. Janet also enjoys making key chains!
Janet considers her daughter her best friend and she loves spending time with her. One of Janet’s favorite things to do with her daughter is to play games. She loves how it adds to their quality time. When Janet is with her daughter, she is ensured knowing they are having fun and creating quality memories!
If Janet could go anywhere in the world, she would love to see Africa. She would love to see the difference of how she lives versus the way people in Africa live and see if it’s really how people describe it.