Sprecher’s Donates to RCS Trailside Park
Sprecher’s Restaurant and Pub began a Non-Profit of the Month program this year to make a difference in the Sheboygan community. Sprecher’s selected RCS Empowers, Inc. to be their non-profit for the month of August. Sprecher’s presented RCS President, Martha VandeLeest with a $950 donation to the RCS Trailside Park. The amount was a portion of their August 15 receipts on “RCS Day” at Sprecher’s.
RCS Empowers Inc. plans to take underutilized RCS land on both sides of the Shoreland 400 Rail Trail (public bike path) and establish an attractive handicap accessible green space. “The RCS Trailside Park will be open to the public, RCS participants and staff,” said RCS President, Martha VandeLeest. “Our vision is for the park to be a welcoming and friendly space where individuals can stop to picnic, socialize or just take a break and enjoy the outdoors.” The park location will expand outdoor activity opportunities for those with mobility concerns in Sheboygan County.
The RCS Trailside Park will have permanently installed benches, tables, planters, waste receptacles, and landscaping. Construction of the RCS Trailside Park is planned to begin in fall of 2017 with completion by summer of 2018. To learn more about this barrier-free community friendly space for the community to enjoy for many years to come or to donate a memorial gift to this exciting project, contact Monica Senkbeil at 920-458-8261.
RCS Empowers, Inc. Announces President’s Retirement and Successor
RCS Empowers, Inc. Board of Directors today announced that Ron Van Rooyen will retire as President on April 28, 2017. The Board of Directors has elected Martha VandeLeest, as part of a two-year succession plan, to be the company’s next President, effective the end of April. VandeLeest currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer.
RCS Volunteer Receives Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award
RCS volunteer, Marge Sonnenburg, personifies the “Spirit of Giving” through her selfless dedication to helping others. It was no surprise to the staff and participants at RCS when she received the Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award at the Spirit of Sheboygan County Volunteer Awards this year. Sonnenburg has been volunteering at RCS Empowers, Inc. for 30+ years!
Sonnenburg first started volunteering in Vivian Bienert’s Drama Groups when Vivian started the RCS play over 30 years ago. Since that time, Sonnenburg has volunteered in many classrooms over the years and has assisted with sewing play costumes and prom dresses. She is now 91 years old and does not drive anymore. Sonnenburg takes the city bus to come to RCS on Thursday afternoons to help RCS Art Therapy classes. Sonnenburg has helped with this class for seven years, even during the winter months, rain or shine. She is truly committed to helping others.
Sonnenburg has embraced what art therapy can give the participants, especially the power of creativity and choice. The class enjoys hearing Sonnenburg’s view on life because of her wealth of wisdom and life experience. She shares her bits of wisdom that participants can use in their daily life, such as, “Life is too short, so be kind to each other.”
At RCS Empowers, our mission statement is, “To empower individuals with disabilities & special needs so that they may work, live and function with dignity and respect.” Sonnenburg empowers our participants through her kindness and wisdom. Whether it’s helping out during the RCS Empowers plays, the art shows, the Art Therapy groups, or daily living, Sonnenburg always lends a caring ear, smiling face, and kind heart to those who need it the most.
Birth to Three program had 100% compliance in their State of Wisconsin review…
Congratulations to the RCS Birth to Three Staff: Sheila Sprang, Deb Binversie, Stacy Grusznski, and April Sabel.
The State of Wisconsin completed a review and found that they had 100% compliance in providing services to infants, toddlers, and families in need of Birth to Three Services. The Birth to Three Program has standards that need to be met including the length of time from referral to service, timeframes for service provision, reporting requirements, and other quality measures.
This is a great reflection on our staff and the superb services they provide. We are very proud of you!