Each year, since 1993, the ReFocus Administrative Team, professional staff and clients come together for a two-day, off-site Annual Agency Conference. Facilitated by experts in the field of developmental disabilities and organizational excellence, we focus, as one team, on developing strategies to improve the services and programs we offer to the folks, their families and other caretakers.
What makes our Annual Agency Conference unique is our Theme Teams, groups of employees who take on the added responsibility of improving how we function as an Agency and expanding the programs and services we offer to our clients and their families. Each Team sets specific goals, outlines steps to reach those goals and regularly reports on progress to our Administrative Team.
At ReFocus, we know the best suggestions for improving programs, services and how we work often come from those closest to the job at hand. Our Theme Team program has proven us right! In the past, ReFocus Theme Teams have spearheaded many improvements in quality of life for the folks we serve. They have improved our internal communications. They have developed and expanded Community Center programs – and even played an important role in the acquisition of our first Community Center. The Dream Builders Team has been instrumental in increasing donations to ReFocus by more than 300% between 2007 and 2013.
Nearly 40% of our full-time employees serve on Theme Teams in 2014, willingly taking on the added responsibility of improving programs, services and quality of life for our clients and their families!
In 2014, employees decided to create seven Theme Teams, each focused specifically on supporting the E-Zone workforce development program. In addition to the professional staff assigned to the E-Zone, the whole Agency will focus on helping and encouraging the folks to move toward their employment goals in 2014.
Enhance staff safety education to incorporate safety training for clients in all Agency programs. Attend Agency program meetings to demonstrate how to model best practices for staying safe in the community and in the workplace.
Develop and publish updated ISP forms and information to be used before, during and after the annual ISP meeting for each participant and to identify a treatment team for each participant.
Develop a referral packet to help the E-Zone find employment for our clients, including client’s employment goals, current skill sets, skill development recommendations and transportation needs.
Educate folks about the voting process, the issues and the candidates; invite candidates to ReFocus’ summer picnic; and develop a template letter to candidates for use by staff and clients to raise awareness about ReFocus and issues around developmental disabilities.
Support all fundraising efforts and help raise community awareness. Through the Spring Fling, Annual Picnic and the Annual Auction & Gala, raise $125,000 in 2014 to support ReFocus programs.
Develop, publish and distribute a brochure for prospective employers showcasing the ReFocus E-Zone Workforce Development program.