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LPTS recognized with “Awesome Employer” Award

May 10, 2010
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary has been selected by Zoom Group of Louisville, Ky., to receive its annual “Awesome Employer” Award. Zoom Group is one of Kentucky’s largest providers of vocational training for nearly 300 adults with developmental disabilities.

For nearly 15 years, Louisville Seminary has participated with the Zoom Group (formerly Louisville Diversified Services) in providing two individuals with meaningful employment in the Louisville community.

“Your commitment to our clients has been a true inspiration,” stated Zoom Group’s acting President Judy Erwin in her congratulatory letter to Ted Burke, the director of Louisville Seminary’s Dining Services.

“It is quite an honor for our department, and particularly for Louisville Seminary, to be recognized by Zoom Group for our continuing efforts with their clients. Our entire community has dedicated itself to the development of our friends and co-workers, whether it’s through the nourishment of working alongside each other or the bonds that have developed as we interact socially. It has been a wonderful experience watching these two individuals grow and simply smile as they converse with their many friends on campus,” Burke said.

The award will be presented at the annual Spring Zing!, the organization’s signature fundraiser, on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at The Olmstead. Jeff Walz, head coach of the University of Louisville women’s basketball team will be the guest speaker and honorary chairperson, and WAVE 3 newscaster Dawne Gee will emcee the program. In addition to the “Awesome Employer” Award, award presentations will be made to “Awesome Client” Alfonzo Anthony, assistant teacher at Mini-Versity Child Development Center, and “Awesome Supporter” the Ursuline Sisters.

This is the second time Louisville Seminary has been recognized by Zoom Group. In 2009, Seminary staff member Derrick Harris received Zoom Group’s “Awesome Client Award,” which is given to a client or clients “that have shown exemplary progress or that shows a distinguished dedication to the spirit of success.” Harris has worked with dining services at Louisville Seminary since 2005.

“Louisville Seminary celebrates the image of God that graces each human being. Our two colleagues, JoAnn Armstrong and Derrick Harris, are wonderful blessings to our entire community. We are deeply grateful to receive this award as we salute the care and nurture of the Dining Services employees and the particular contributions of JoAnn and Derrick,” said President Dean K. Thompson.

Celebrating its 24th anniversary in helping adults with mental challenges experience a sense of belonging in the community, Zoom Group also helps find jobs for their clients and provides meaningful day programs. Zoom Group clients bag groceries, do landscaping throughout the community, and run the VA Medical Center laundry facility. A crew of nearly 100 clients works at the UPS Supply Chain Solutions.

The Zoom Group is a Metro United Way agency and 501C# charitable organization. All proceeds from Spring Zing! help sustain many projects and programs, including the wheelchair-accessible Garden House, located behind Ursuline Campus, which is tended by day program clients and nearby neighbors; and Studio Works, where talented clients create magnificent works of art in clay, fiber, mosaic, photography, paint, and print.

Learn more: www.zoomgroup.org.

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