Jolene Bryer, Senior Service Coordinator cares deeply about her community and the individuals served by Far Northern Regional Center. Last November, Jolene requested to plan the agency event for the Week of the Young Child for this past April – stating that she wanted the event to be on a much grander scale than of years past. Jolene through her dedication, persistent networking and top-notch organization skills did just what she set out to do. The April 5th, 2023 WOYC event in collaboration with Redding Rancheria and co-sponsored by First Five Shasta was a phenomenal success! Seven-hundred sixty-one participants of parents and children attended the event with dozens of vendors providing games, prizes, art projects, face-painting, developmental information and more. Everyone enjoyed the music, native dance and Northstate Dinoroars! This extraordinary event was truly a gift to our community, all thanks to Jolene Byer, Super Hero!
Linda Sellers, Yesica Pinuelas, Danelle Steinmetz, Michele Santos, Brandy Groves
This team works everyday to create a safe and inclusive preschool classroom for all students. They train the teachers in how to help the students for any situation. They are willing to rearrange their schedule to go help in the classroom when a student is struggling, or the teacher is unsure what to do.
They have provided lots of materials for over 20 classrooms, that help students to regulate themselves and feel included.
They have created a safe space for the teachers to talk with them about anything going on and create solutions that would help the students and teachers the best.
They work so hard to make the best learning environments for all students.
Jeff Curtis, Jamie, Heather, Jacob, Corey, Kenna and the rest of the gang at Curtis Homes are Barrier Buster Heroes who overcome challenges to improve the quality of life for individuals. They are willing to serve those who are in a difficult, or an emergency situation. Curtis Homes serve those abandoned in the lobby, who are at the mission, in jail, or transition from higher level of care. They say “Yes” and then their dynamic team comes together to formulate a plan that conquers barriers one at a time.
Barrier Buster Heroes are those who have a can do attitude, who scoff at the words “No”, “that won’t work” and “we’ve tried that before it didn’t work”. Instead, they take a different approach by providing innovative thinking, consistency and a try, try and try again attitude.
The gang at Curtis Homes are open minded, see possibilities and want to overcome challenges for individuals, families and the community. They increase knowledge and understanding of individuals within the community so that they are not precluded. Curtis Homes does this by partnering with families, Far Northern Regional Center, community agencies, schools, medical professionals, DDS and others. They have a superior reputation for following through, providing excellent services that are result driven and honoring their word. Thus, they have created a high demand for their services.
Katherine works tirelessly to insure that even the most challenging person receives the services and supports that they need in order to become valued members of the community. She has formed relationships with several different agencies in the counties we serve, and is an expert at bringing all of these people to the table to make sure that all services that a person might need are available to them.
As a single parent to a child with special needs finding time to do things with my other child and have me time is rare, until Ridgeline came into Redding. It has truly been life changing for our family. My son loves being there and I know he is safe, loved, and receives exceptional care! Rose has been absolutely amazing with communication and gives the children the best care, we know she truly loves her job! The entire staff at Ridgeline are always very friendly and love what they do. I could not ask for a better place!
Rose is the RN for local program Ridgeline; a respite nursing day program for medically fragile individuals, she spends day in & day out ensuring the safety of many individuals with disabilities in Shasta County; my child included. She spends countless hours creating plans & programs to not only provide a safe but fun, family like environment for our children when they attend this respite program during the week. She always goes above and beyond for all families.
Rose is the Director of Nursing at a day health care facility. Everyday she goes above and beyond for the families we serve, meeting each and every special request that is thrown her way. She makes the “impossible” possible. She has a heart of gold and has such a huge impact on everyone she comes into contact with.
Ruby Anelle and Staff
Ruby is a general education teacher for Shasta County Office of Education. The students in her classroom have a range of ability levels from being neurotypical to neurodiverse. Ruby accepts every child for who they are. She is dedicated to be apart of their growth, progress and inclusion. She has a caring and compassionate staff who follows her lead to make sure every child is included within the preschool program for development and social and emotional connections.
The beautiful thing Ruby and her staff have captured is the compassion, acceptance and tolerance the students in her classroom have for each other because they have been taught that it is ok to learn and play among others that may be different.
Martha worked diligently to create plans and implement several procedures in place to increase an inclusive environment and language access for our unique and diverse community. She is warm, open, and inclusive for all. In her planning, and discussion, she has actively looked for any opportunities to open doors for a diverse community to become included in Regional Center and their multitudes of services
I have worked with John for almost 9 years. In this time, I have seen him go beyond the everyday Service Coordinator duties. He has gone to court to defend his clients, it didn’t matter why or what they were there for he stood right next to them defending them, or keeping them informed of what was going on with their court case. He has worked tirelessly at finding his homeless clients a home and making sure they were okay and had a safe place to live. If they needed items for their new home, he would help find what they needed. He was often given the tougher cases, the one’s no one could handle or wanted to. He did his best at keeping clients calm while they were having bad days. He was always there willing to listen and help when he was able. John was a caring Senior Service Coordinator and did a tremendous job and he deserves to be recognized for the 26 year’s as an incredible Service Coordinator to his client’s.
Grace went above and beyond to help my brother attend a concert of one of his favorite bands at the Redding Civic Center. Although it was general admission, she was able to secure seats for my husband and I to take my brother to a concert with his friend for his birthday. He can get overstimulated and nervous with big crowds so we have not been able to attend an event like this in over five years. She set aside seats, came and got us so he didn’t have to wait in line, and provided ear plugs to negate the noise. Grace is a stellar employee who went above and beyond. As my brother said, “She made is whole birthday!”
Grace made it possible for my son to go to a concert at the Civic. Never could he have done that without the help and support from Grace! She set aside seats, got ear plugs, and helped with the crowd concerns. She single handedly made his birthday!! Thank you Grace!!
Just amazing! Grace went out of her way to make a family (their son has autism) able to go to a concert and get him in a seating situation where he didn’t have severe anxiety. She didn’t have to do any of that. Truly an angel for us.