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Peckham, Inc. Earns Three Year CARF Accreditation

Peckham, Inc. Earns Three Year CARF Accreditation

LANSING , MI – The International Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) annou nced that Peckham, Inc. has received a three - year re - accreditation . This accreditation is the 13 consecutive Three - Year Accreditation that CARF has given Peckham, Inc.

“Peckham is proud to have earned another three - year CARF accreditation,” says Greta Wu, Chief Human Services Officer. “As we face changes within our industry, this achievement serves as a reminder that if we continue to do great work, we will continue to produce great results.” Peckham, Inc. has received a three - year accreditation for its Community Employment Services: Employment Supports & Job Development, Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation services, Organizational Employment Servic es and Governance Standards Applied programs. “Across program service areas, clients are actively listened to, and their rights, opinions, dreams and desires are honored by personnel,” says The CARF International Survey Summary. “When asked to describe wh at makes Peckham special, a client stated, “They listen to you and they never give up on you.” This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditat ion that is awarded to an organization . It also validates the organization’s substantial c onformance to the CARF standards. Peckham went through a rigor ous peer review process, and demonstrated to a team of surveyors its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable and of the highest quality. - more - Peckham, I nc. Earns Three Year CARF Accreditation.... P. 2 of 2 “One of Peckham’s greatest assets is its dedicated, skilled, and talented personnel,” says The CARF International Survey Summary. “They extend themselves beyond their assigned hours and responsibilities and always ensure that they are available to clients and other stakeholders. They believe in the organization’s mission and appear to be driven and inspired by an impressive team spirit.” CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation o f Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer - focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at www.carf.org. Peckham , Inc. is a nonprofit community vocational rehabilitation organization that values quality, diversity and performance. Our mission is to provide a wide range of opportunities to maximize human potential for persons with disabilities who are striving for greater independence and self-sufficiency.

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Peckham Announced as Department of Labor Grant Recipient for Reentry Initiative

Peckham Announced as Department of Labor Grant Recipient for Reentry Initiative

LANSING, MI –The Institute of Educational Leadership (IEL) announced Peckham as one of the five sites across the country to be included for its Reentry Project grant serving young adults between the ages of 18 to 24 who have been involved in the juvenile justice system or adult system.

"Individuals, families, communities and our economy as a whole are better off when the transition from the justice system to employment is successful," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. "These reentry programs are designed to break the cycle of recidivism by providing assistance toward achieving meaningful employment."

Peckham will receive $630,000 over three years to create services. The new program will develop methods that maximize participants' inclusion and integration into society, employment opportunities, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency.

Peckham intends to address the full range of challenges faced by justice-involved individuals transitioning back to the community. Peckham Youth Services believes in the abilities of this young talented workforce. This new Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA) opportunity is critical in ending the school to prison pipeline. Using evidence based programming to transition individuals who are re-integrating into the community from incarceration.

“Over the past two and half years Peckham has served more than 200 Lansing area youth 16-24
who have juvenile court involvement and have placed over 60% into employment and over 60%
obtained an industry recognized credential/degree. We are grateful for the 30th Judicial Circuit
Court of Ingham County for their support in pursuing this opportunity,” said Sarah Britton,
director of youth services, at Peckham.

The intent of the Reentry Projects grant program is to protect community safety by ensuring
that participants who successfully exit the program are provided with positive opportunities to
engage in employment or education; become productive, responsible, and law-abiding
members of society; maintain long-term employment; and establish a stable residence.
About Institute of Educational Leadership (IEL) Supported by the U.S. Department of Labor’s
Employment and Training Administration, Right Turn is based on a number of IEL-created
foundational materials, as well as IEL’s experience operating the youth career-focused
mentoring model, the Ready to Achieve

For a half-century, the IEL has championed the need for leaders at all levels to shake off their
institutional constraints and work across boundaries to address the needs of young people and
their families.

Peckham, Inc. is a nonprofit vocational rehabilitation organization that values quality, diversity
and performance. Our mission is to provide a wide range of opportunities to maximize human
potential for persons with disabilities and other barriers to employment, who are striving for
greater independence and self-sufficiency.
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Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness® Announced

Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness® Announced

Sept. 6, 2018 – Warren, MI — Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness winners have just been announced.  The Best and Brightest in Wellness awards program is the premier program honoring organizations that are making their workplaces, their employees and the community a healthier place to live and work.
 

“Health and wellness programs are at the forefront of every business looking to retain a healthy workforce. This year’s winning companies represent high standards and an exceptional commitment to their employees’ wellbeing”, said Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO of the Best and Brightest Programs. 
 
The winning companies will be honored at a prestigious symposium and awards gala on October 5, 2018 at The Henry Autograph Collection Hotel in Dearborn. The event starts at 8:30 a.m. with registration, and an exhibit gallery with vendors to help wellness winners on their wellness journey. The program also includes an Interactive Morning Wake-up self-defense class and meditation. The educational sessions will include a panel on Mental Health in the Workplace, Rapid Fire Best Practice Wellness in the Workplace Case Studies, keynote address by Dan Miller, internationally renowned nutrition and fitness expert. There will also be a community project benefitting Ascension St. John Hospital Cancer Center’s food pantry and a special appearance by the Best and Brightest Service Dog, Spike!
 
Sponsors for the event include Blue Cross Blue Shield of MI, Corp! Magazine, WWJ NewsRadio 950, SynBella, Ascension St. John Hospital, Fitness Things, Ulliance, Quicken Loans, National Diagnostic Services, Michigan Wellness Council, Schupan and Sons, Inc, Consumers Credit Union and Dan Miller. 
 
Admission for the awards celebration and symposium is $145 for individuals. Tables for 10 are also available for $1350If you are interested in attending, sponsoring, advertising or exhibiting at the conference contact the Best and Brightest programs at 866-321-1822 or visit www.thebestandbrightest.com.
 
The Best and Brightest program provides yearlong education, benchmarking, assessment tools and interaction amongst the best employers throughout Michigan. 
 
BEST AND BRIGHTEST IN WELLNESS® 2018 WINNERS

Wellness Employers
Air Lift Company
Ally Financial
Applied Imaging
Argent Group
Baudville Brands
Bell’s Brewery
BizStream
Broder & Sachse Enterprise of Companies
Brooks Kushman P.C.
Carhartt Inc.
Cascade Engineering
Center for Financial Planning
Comfort Research
Consumers Credit Union
Crum & Forster
Custom Profile
Diplomat
DTE Energy
Easterseals Michigan
ELGA Credit Union
Express Employment Professionals
Farbman Group
General Dynamics Land Systems
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Great Expressions Dental Centers
Greenleaf Trust
Hastings Mutual Insurance Company
Henry Ford Health System
Herman Miller
Humanetics Innovative Solutions
Inteva Products
Lacks Enterprises Inc.
Lake Michigan Credit Union
Lake Trust Credit Union
MarshBerry
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
McKinley
MidMichigan Health
MMI Engineerred Solutions
MSU Federal Credit Union
Oakland County
OHM Advisors
Orlans
Peckham Inc.
Perrigo Company
Progressive AE
Quicken Loans
Ramco
RedViking
Rehmann
Schupan & Sons, Inc.
Secure-24, LLC
Service Express
Southwest Michigan First
SpartanNash
Studio C - Celebration Cinema
Terryberry
The Taubman Company
The Wiser Financial Group
United Shore
University of Michigan
Walbridge
Worksighted
Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultant
 
Wellness Providers to Corporations
44 North
Advantage Benefit Group
Austin Benefits Group
Cambridge Consulting Group
Edify North
Gallagher
Hylant
Kapnick Insurance Group
Marsh & McLennan Agency, Michigan
Michigan Planners
 
Wellness Providers to Individuals
Wellness Providers to Individuals
Awaken Yoga Studio
Elite Body Training Studio
Foodstand
Goldfish Swim School Franchising
Olive Seed
The Tough Gym

Faith Based Organizations
Abundant Life Tabernacle
Aijalon Baptist Church
Chapel Hill Ministry
Christian Tabernacle Church
Family Victory Fellowship Church
Fellowship Chapel
Flowery Mount Baptist
Historic Little Rock Baptist Church
Historic Motor City Baptist Church
Holy Cross Missionary Baptist Church
Kadesh Missionary
Smith Chapel AME
Third New Hope Baptist Church
True Rock Church
 
Schools and School Districts
Bennett Elementary - Detroit
Public Schools
Cornerstone Health + Technology
High School
Dearborn Public Schools
East Middle School
Jefferson Elementary
Keith Elementary School
Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School
New Haven Community School District
Roosevelt Elementary
St. Charles Borromeo
Y Detroit Innovation Academy
 
Non Profit
Community Network Services
Development Centers
Kalamazoo Regional Educational
Service Agency
Metro Detroit CLUW
MIU Men’s Health Foundation
Operation Fit - Bronson Battle Creek
Redirecting Youth to Strive for Excellence
(R.Y.S.E.)
Rhonda Walker Foundation
The Color of Autism Foundation
 


Peckham Annual Report

Peckham Annual Report

Peckham remains committed to celebrating our growth – of clients, of our social enterprises, of our ability to make a meaningful impact in the community. As we celebrate 42 years, we embrace our core values of
compassion, diversity, opportunity and pride, and continue to challenge ourselves in our quest for being an ever-learning, ever-growing organization.


Auto-Owners Makes $100,000 Donation to Peckham Community Partnership Foundation

Auto-Owners Makes $100,000 Donation to Peckham Community Partnership Foundation

LANSING, MI – The Peckham Community Partnership Foundation (PCPF) is pleased to announce that Auto-Owners has donated $100,000. This is the third $100,000 gift Auto-Owners has made since 2007, making Auto-Owners Insurance one of the largest organizational donors to the PCPF.

“Auto-Owners is a long-time supporter,” said Mitchell Tomlinson President& CEO of Peckham, Inc. “They have maintained their commitment to Peckham over the years, even as new leadership has emerged. We are so fortunate to have such a great community partner,” he said. 

“We appreciate Peckham and all they do to create a dynamic community workforce,” said Jeff Tagsold, Chairman & CEO, Auto-Owners Insurance. “They help people with disabilities and other barriers to employment get the training and support they need to succeed in the world of work. This helps all area businesses, by creating a diverse and well trained future workforce,” he said.

Helping persons with barriers to employment succeed as individuals and as contributors to the larger community remains a top priority for the PCPF. The PCPF provides a safety net for critical programs where little other funding exists, and supports vocational training services to persons with severe cognitive and developmental disabilities.

Auto-Owners Insurance has been dedicated to the independent agency system for over 100 years. Founded in 1916, they are a Fortune 500 company represented by over 40,000 independent agents in more than 6,000 agencies in 26 states. Auto-Owners is the 14th largest property/casualty insurance company in the nation based on its written premium, which is over $7.2 billion.

Peckham Community Partnership Foundation is committed to supporting the initiatives, programs and services that help Peckham, Inc. fulfill its mission. The Foundation helps fund services and programs where little other funding exists, filing critical gaps that can make a difference in the lives of those striving for greater independence and self-sufficiency. For more information about the PCPF, call 517.316.4412 or email foundation@peckham.org.

Peckham, Inc., a nonprofit community vocational rehabilitation organization, is a unique business and human services agency that values quality, diversity and performance. Our mission is to provide a wide range of opportunities to maximize human potential for persons striving for greater independence and self-sufficiency. We embrace collaboration, effective resource management and innovative approaches to achieve world-class excellence. For more information, visit www.peckham.org.

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Peckham Receives $10K Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Challenge America Program

Peckham Receives $10K Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Challenge America Program

LANSING, MI – Peckham has been awarded a grant of $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts for its Gateway to Inclusion project. The grant was awarded as a part of the Arts Endowment’s Challenge America grant program, which supports projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations – those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability.

The Gateway to Inclusion: a Community Sculpture, will be a visual representation of the values of diversity, community, inclusion and connectedness. The project is a collaboration between Peckham and the Capital Region International Airport and will be installed on the Capital City Blvd. median by September 30, 2019.

“The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal, and to celebrate,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The artist for the project is Ivan Iler of St. Johns, MI, who specializes in large-scale metal fabrication. He was selected from a pool of seven finalists after a lengthy review process that included Peckham clients, Wayne Sieloff, CEO of the Capital Region Airport Authority and Barb Whitney, executive director of the Lansing Art Gallery. The grant funds will directly support the creation of the sculpture through the purchase of materials, as well as the design provided by Iler.

Carter has approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.

Peckham, Inc. is a nonprofit vocational rehabilitation organization. Our mission is to provide a wide range of opportunities to maximize human potential for persons with disabilities who are striving for greater independence and self-sufficiency. Peckham, Inc. was named by Great Place to Work® as one of the best workplaces for flexibility in the United States. Peckham came in 13th on the list, thanks to our combination of flexible workplace policies and a culture that encourages people to make the most of them.

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Peckham Certified as Great Place to Work

Peckham Certified as Great Place to Work

LANSING, MI- Peckham, Inc. has been certified as a Great Place to Work® company. This title is based off Great Place to Work’s extensive, data-driven questionnaire which was given directly to Peckham employees. To become a certified company, 7 out of 10 employees must agree that their day-to-day work experience is consistently positive. The results from Peckham’s survey concluded there is an 81% overall agreement that the company is, in fact, an outstanding place to work.

“Peckham is a company rooted in its mission, making it an honor to be recognized for the foundation our core values are built on,” said Justin Walworth, Interim Chief Human Resources Officer. “Our commitment to putting people first has created an inclusive workplace for everyone to have the opportunity to thrive.”

Peckham, along with other companies who were granted the Great Place to Work Certified title, were selected using responses to the Trust Index, a survey consisting of approximately 50 questions, along with thorough assessment of employee’s anonymous comments. The survey questions were split into categories based on worker’s feelings of fairness, credibility, pride, respect, and camaraderie within their work environment.

“At Peckham, people matter to us, a whole lot. We are passionate about creating an environment for our employees that captures fulfillment, excellence, community and respect for each individual and their contribution to the workplace,” said Mitch Tomlinson, President and CEO of Peckham. “Difference is celebrated, meaning we aim to make every employee feel confident in their abilities”

Peckham’s top three categories chosen by employees were justice, hospitality, and the caring nature of the workforce. Peckham offers many compensation programs as well as daily perks including dog friendly offices, wellness programs, on-site workout centers, open floor plans, natural lighting, garden plots, and even loaner bicycles for all to use. Peckham also has a program called MEe Goals (Mission Engagement Experiences) which aids in staff members keeping Peckham’s mission of maximizing opportunities for persons with disabilities as their top priority.

“Our dedication to making Peckham a great place to work while putting the mission at the center has been and will continue to be a major goal for the company,” said Walworth. “This certification is an incredible distinction for Peckham, giving us an opportunity to keep moving upward and forward.”
 
Peckham, Inc. is a nonprofit community vocational rehabilitation organization that values quality, diversity and performance. The mission is to provide a wide range of opportunities to maximize human potential for persons with disabilities who are striving for greater independence and self- sufficiency. Peckham has operations through five locations in Michigan including Lansing, Flint, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek and Charlotte. Peckham also has operations in Phoenix, Arizona and London, Kentucky. To learn more about Peckham, visit www.peckham.org.

About Great Place to Work®
Great Place to Work® is a global people analytics and consulting firm that helps companies of all sizes produce better business by focusing on the work experience for every employee.  Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, including Best Workplaces lists and workplace reviews, Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In the United States, Great Place to Work® produces the annual Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list and a series of Great Place to Work® Best Workplaces including lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, small and Medium Companies and over a half dozen different industry lists.
 


Peckham Launches New Program for Incarcerated, Rising Out of the System (ROOTS)

Peckham Launches New Program for Incarcerated, Rising Out of the System (ROOTS)

LANSING, MI – Peckham has launched a new vocational rehabilitation program for those recently released from incarceration, Rising Out of the System (ROOTS). The program is a partnership with the city of Lansing, and will serve former offenders who are returning to Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties. This contract is part of a larger state-wide prison reentry grant, The Offenders’ Success Program, which aims to provide necessary resources to released offenders so they may become productive, self-sufficient citizens.

The ROOTS program will offer individuals social support, such as food, clothing and housing, as well as vocational skill development such as resume building and budget creation. The program’s motto, “go anywhere from here”, is designed to inspire participants to achieve their vocational and personal goals post-incarceration.

“The ROOTS program was created to help a community of people that are truly underserved. It provides an opportunity for these individuals to rehabilitate and regain a sense of independence and self-sufficiency, while avoiding recidivism,” said Nate Burmeister, ReEntry Services Coordinator at Peckham, Inc.

Peckham is the first organization to provide cognitive behavioral intervention skills for employment and also the first to use evidence based curriculum to equip this high risk community with necessary vocational skills. The program anticipates to serve 70 to 130 new individuals per year.

Peckham, Inc., a nonprofit community vocational rehabilitation organization, is a unique business and human services agency. Peckham’s mission is to provide a wide range of opportunities to maximize human potential for persons with barriers to employment who are striving for greater independence and self-sufficiency.
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