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Honoring Our Veterans and Active Duty Military

Each year on November 11th, we recognize and honor the millions of men and women who have selflessly answered the call to serve in our nation’s armed forces. Our country’s greatness is founded on these individuals’ courage and sacrifice.

We are proud to have 25 Veterans and/or Active Reservists as part of our team at ACCC, with each individual bringing the same unwavering commitment, discipline, and resilience they gained during their service to our country. These qualities acquired through their military experience not only enrich our team but also strengthen the very foundation of our agency, ensuring we are better equipped to face any challenge and serve our community with dedication and integrity.

We are immensely grateful for the service, bravery, dedication, and sacrifice of all Veterans and Active Duty Military. Your contributions mean the world to us, not just on Veterans Day, but every day.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” — John F. Kennedy

ACCC Celebrates National Case Management Week

In celebration of National Case Management Week, occurring this year from Sunday, October 8th through Saturday, October 14th, we proudly honor our dedicated team of Case Managers who are at the forefront of supporting justice-involved individuals in our community-based supervision programs. These compassionate professionals embody wisdom and expertise, making a real difference in the lives of those they serve through the industries proven evidence-based practices.

This year’s theme, “Keeping the person at the heart of collaborative care,” perfectly encapsulates the vital role our Case Managers play in the lives of individuals participating in our community-based supervision programs. They prioritize justice-involved individuals’ well-being as they work collaboratively towards the ultimate goal of achieving measurable outcomes that lead to positive life transformations.

Our Case Managers are change agents, skilled professionals, and lifelong learners. They work tirelessly to assist our clients in navigating their court and supervision requirements, removing barriers and bridging gaps to help clients access programs and services that are essential for their rehabilitation and stabilization. They are advocates, evaluators, planners, and resource coordinators all in one!

The workflow of case management is multifaceted, encompassing nine critical levels: screening, assessing, evaluating risks, planning, implementing, following up, monitoring, evaluating outcomes, and transitioning. From screening to transitioning, they guide individuals on a journey toward rehabilitation and transformation. Their commitment to achieving quality outcomes for our clients is unwavering. Join us in expressing our gratitude and appreciation to our Case Managers this National Case Management Week. They work at the heart of our mission, and their dedication drives the best possible outcomes for those our agency serves. #CaseManagementWeek

ACCC Honors Employees for Correctional Officers & Employees Week

Celebrated the first full week of May, National Correctional Officers and Employees Week will be observed from Sunday, May 1st to Saturday, May 7th, 2022, to honor employees’ steadfast dedication to public service in the field of corrections. Executive Director Kim Churchward and Assistant Director Danielle Edenfield currently manage and mentor 136 dedicated individuals employed by Allen County Community Corrections (ACCC) in 7 unique agency divisions.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first full week of May as National Correctional Officers Week to honor correctional officers, who exemplify professionalism, integrity, and strength in the face of a difficult and often demanding work environment; and in 1985, that same week was set aside as Public Service Recognition Week to commemorate the individuals who serve the nation as federal, state, county, and local government employees who work to better serve the public and the communities in which they live.

President Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Do what you can with all you have, wherever you are,” and that’s exactly what staff at ACCC do. ACCC employees consistently rise to meet every challenge presented to them and fulfill an important, but often unseen, public service without any expectation of recognition or praise. The field of corrections and community supervision, especially for those who work on the front lines serving often our communities most in need, can be taxing and stressful. Despite the challenges each of their varied professional roles present, ACCC employees persistently show up with a smile, support one another while also supporting the citizens that we serve, and work efficiently to protect our community.

To honor the persevering work ACCC staff do, and the sacrifices they make for their community, ACCC, and its participants, ACCC will be acknowledging each of their employees the week of May 1st for their dedication, commitment, and contributions as public servants in the field of corrections. To all ACCC employees past and present, ACCC celebrates and appreciates you for your service and could not fulfill its mission and dedication to public safety without each of you.

ACCC Honors Administrative Staff for Administrative Professionals Day

Administrative Professionals Day is celebrated the Wednesday of the last full week of April to recognize the immeasurable contributions of devoted and valued administrative professionals.

The International Association of Administrative Professionals defines administrative professionals as individuals who are responsible for administrative tasks and coordination of information in support of an office-related environment and who are dedicated to furthering their personal and professional growth in their chosen profession.

Thirteen (13) administrative staff are employed by ACCC in four (4) different, unique divisions of the agency’s seven (7) divisions. With incredibly diverse, continually evolving responsibilities and roles among ACCC’s administrative staff, these thirteen (13) are alike in that they wear many hats, exhibit grace under pressure, and often go above and beyond their regular scope of duties for the divisions they support and the agency at large.

In appreciation for all ACCC’s Administrative personnel do behind-the-scenes to maintain office decorum and seamless day-to-day operations, ACCC acknowledges each of their invaluable administrative staff Wednesday, April 27th, for their hard work and unwavering dedication to ensure smooth operations and support staff in any way they can. The work these thirteen (13) staff do is essentially the glue that holds ACCC together. ACCC sees and celebrates you, appreciates you, and could not function efficiently and fulfill its mission and dedication to public safety without each of you.

ACCC Communications Staff Honored for National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (NPSTW) is celebrated every second week of April to express gratitude and acknowledge and honor the work of telecommunications personnel in public safety. Seventeen (17) telecommunications staff are employed by ACCC in its Communications division, working round-the-clock, 24 hours day, 7 days a week.

On a daily basis, ACCC’s Communications Staff receive and document thousands of phone calls yearly from program participants, beginning and ending each with a sense of calm while remaining level-headed and telephonically demonstrating assertiveness, kindness, compassion, empathy, and respect when assisting participants in times of stress, worry, and uncertainty. As if that’s not enough, ACCC’s exceptional multi-tasking Communications Staff also closely monitor the whereabouts of over 500 individuals on average on GPS-monitoring/electronic monitoring each day, in addition to installing and troubleshooting participants’ monitoring equipment, processing  over one million GPS alerts yearly, processing clients’ weekly schedules and dispatching Home Detention Officers.

To honor the work ACCC’s Communications staff do and the sacrifices they make for their community, ACCC and its program participants, and field personnel, ACCC acknowledges each of their public safety telecommunicators the week of April 10th.  ACCC celebrates you, appreciates you, and could not fulfill its mission and dedication to public safety without each of you.

Happy Human Resource Professionals Day

Happy Human Resource Professionals Day! Today, on Tuesday, September 26th, we have a wonderful opportunity to recognize and celebrate the contributions of our five (5) dedicated HR Professionals who work tirelessly to support our agency’s success.

Human Resource Professionals Day was first introduced by Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen back in October 2013, with the aim to acknowledge and celebrate the pivotal role that HR professionals play in nurturing and developing human capital, which is essential for the success of any organization.

Our agency’s HR Professionals carry out a multitude of critical responsibilities that are vital to our agency’s smooth operation. They most importantly work hard to support and encourage positive relationships with our most valuable assets – our employees. Their primary goal is to ensure that our team members thrive and that their well-being is protected. This involves assisting the EMT in recruiting the right candidates, conducting interviews, processing payroll, and meticulously maintaining employee records.

In addition to these tasks, our HR team is responsible for a wide range of vital functions, including people support and management, employee benefits administration, agency culture cultivation, compensation planning, training and development, risk management, technology integration, and generally supporting agency maintenance and growth.

As we celebrate HR Professionals Day, I encourage each of us to take a moment to express our gratitude to our HR Professionals—Phil,  Craig, Corrie, Kelly & Terry. Their dedication, knowledge, and hard work are large contributors to our agency’s continued success.

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