NEW?ULM The Association of Residential Resources in Minnesota (ARRM) honored MBW Company employee Deb Grant at its Cares Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 19, at the Bloomington Crowne Plaza St. Paul Riverfront Hotel, St. Paul. ARRM is a statewide association of community-based providers supporting people with developmental disabilities, brain injuries and mental illness.
Grant was selected from more than150 nominees for outstanding and innovative support to people with developmental disabilities.
In the nomination for the award, Grant was praised as a highly skilled staff person who works at a home supporting three young women. However, it is her innate gift to "listen and to teach"?that amazes all who work with her.
Grant supported the women to perform in a People First theater presentation. The play "Words that Hurt" focused on people's differing capabilities and addressed the hurtful impact of teasing and name calling. The women shared with Grant their desire to continue to change the way their neighbors, community, and schools think about individuals with differing capabilities.
Grant also supported the women in developing a presentation for the classroom. Twice per year, Martin Luther College Professor Spurgin invites the women and Grant to teach his class of students preparing to be educators.
Grant encourages the women to participate in community service projects. For example, they host an annual National Night Out neighborhood party. They make and send invitations, plan the menu, and ensure fun activities for the children.