Building For The Future

KCARC welcomed their employees, community members, and individuals to the 46th Annual Awards Banquet to celebrate seven award winners for the 2018 year. Each year KCARC presents several individuals in the community who exemplify the criteria of each prestigious award.

Donald “DJ” Gilbert was named the Transitions Student of the Year. DJ is a senior at Lincoln High School where he enjoys being part of the Unified Track team as well as JROTC. Teresa London was named Resident of the Year. London has been a resident of KCARC for 16 years and has made many improvements over the last year as a result of her determination. Henry Peacock was named Employee of the Year. Peacock has worked for KCARC for 45 years where he has continually shown a fantastic work ethic and commitment to maintaining a healthy work, play, and friendship balance. Mike Folsom was named Volunteer of the Year. Folsom steadfastly exemplifies what it means to be a part of the KCARC family by being a friend to every individual in the Knox County community. Savanna Farrar was named Student of the Year. Farrar has been at the Civitan Children’s Center for over two years. When Farrar entered the program she was faced with a few setbacks but used those setbacks as motivation to succeed. Shelia Foreman was named the Lois Little Award winner. Foreman has been working for KCARC for 26 years and has held several positions within the company. No matter where Foreman is, she shows love and compassion daily to her co-workers and individuals. Sheryl Schaefer-Jones was named the N. Phillip Shelton Award winner. Jones has served as the Director of Special Education in the Knox County Special Education Cooperative. Jones continually goes above and beyond in developing and implementing Pre-Employment Transition Services in Knox County.

KCARC’s theme for the 46th annual banquet was “Building For The Future.” This theme developed from not only building 3 new ADA accessible homes but also in regards to an exciting announcement made at Saturdays banquet. KCARC’s current Plant I, located at 2008 South Hart Street Vincennes, IN, will be getting a major face lift coming in 2019 that will include a state-of-the-art training facility. The facility will be used in conjunction with KCARC’s day services and student transitions services programs. Bidding for the project is hoped to commence in January.

From Left to Right: Sheryl Schaefer-Jones, Henry Peacock, Teresa London, Shelia Foreman, Mike Folsom, Donald 'DJ' Gilbert

From Left to Right: Sheryl Schaefer-Jones, Henry Peacock, Teresa London, Shelia Foreman, Mike Folsom, Donald 'DJ' Gilbert