Strong economy benefits Quadco

Staff report

Quadco Rehabilitation Center in Stryker is feeling the effects of a strong national and local economy, the executive director announced last week at the facility’s board meeting.

That includes a robust employment market with a broad range of available positions for individuals served by the facility’s employment services, Bruce Abell said. He said a strong economy also means an increased amount of work made available to individuals involved in the center’s vocational training program, and more competition for employees.

“We are looking at both ends of the labor market, late high school, recently graduated, as well as retirees looking for part-time employment,” Abell said. “We are experiencing what every local employer is feeling and being creative in our approach to recruiting quality employees.”

In other business, Steven Slattman, Quadco’s transportation manager, told board members the annual bus inspection was a success, “with no findings and no repairs required.” Slattman said the agency’s vehicles traveled 36,000 miles in June. He told the board the agency is subject to an unscheduled spot inspection that will occur on an unannounced date later in the year.

Abell added that Quadco provides a unique transportation system because it serves Williams, Fulton, Defiance, and Henry counties.

Program Manager Shannon Zellers reported that Community Integration participants have recently enjoyed Putt Putt golf outings, as well as trips to the Humane Society. Zellers noted the Humane Society remains one of the most popular destinations.

She also shared that members of the Garden Club are actively engaged in outdoor projects, including gardening and painting. Recent projects included flower gardening at the agency’s Northwest Products Division in Archbold.

Employment Services Manager Rachel Lange said Northwest Employment Services continues to see an increase in referrals, and currently serves 47 individuals in job placement and retention services. She said two individuals will start employment soon, and noted that a Summer Youth participant is employed by the Village of Stryker in outdoor maintenance and other tasks.

The board heard a presentation from Bobbi Schlosser, Art Club supervisor, who was approached by Abell to fill the position three years after her retirement from Quadco. She currently oversees art activities for 34 participants.

“Next to my four children, Quadco has been the biggest blessing in my life,” Schlosser said. “We do something different each week, something quick and easy that folks can take home. I encourage them to share their art with family and friends.”

Schlosser is a student of Cal State Commercial Art and a longtime member of the Bryan Area Art Guild, and has participated in numerous art shows. She wrote and illustrated a children’s book, “Pilgrim,” about an abandoned cat she adopted.

“We are very fortunate to have Bobbi in the Art Club, and hope that she is for years to come,” Abell said.

The next regular meeting of the non-profit board will be Tuesday, Aug. 22, in the Stryker facility conference room.

Staff report