“It is a special honor for me to bestow these grants to human service professionals to help raise awareness for those on the front lines of helping people to transform their lives for the better,” said Steve Butz, founder of the Superstar Foundation.
Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) December 21, 2011
The Superstar Foundation has officially bestowed $20,000 in grants to four outstanding human service professionals who have become local heroes in their community by tirelessly working with people to lift themselves out of poverty and addiction to lead productive lives.
As the first organization exclusively dedicated to recognizing and rewarding the highest-performing human service professionals in America, the Superstar Foundation has created the Veronica Award to recognize the relentless and usually unrecognized work of human service staff and volunteers.
“It is a special honor for me to bestow these grants to human service professionals to help raise awareness for those on the front lines of helping people to transform their lives for the better,” said Steve Butz, founder of the Superstar Foundation. “The Veronica Award was created to honor the memory of my mother, Veronica Butz, who recognized that human service professionals have one of the toughest jobs on the planet.”
Following are the winners of the Veronica Award who each received a grant of $5,000:
- Molly McDonald, BS, CDPT, Adult Outpatient Counselor, Center for Human Services: Molly, a tireless counselor for the Center for Human Services, has played a major role in reducing substance abuse from the lives of youth and adults in North King County and South Snohomish County, WA. Molly helps members of the community achieve sobriety through a holistic approach of helping them get all aspects of their lives on track. In addition, she has effectively used ETO Software to track and monitor both the treatment goals and participation in group counseling for those she served. As a result of her efforts, the outpatient treatment completion rate for the Center for Human Services has remained above 65% - exceeding the goal of 55%.
- Karina Ron, Financial Coach, MPA, The Financial Clinic: Karina has made a significant impact on the financial well-being of many community members in New York City by providing one-on-one financial coaching services that are fundamental to the mission of The Financial Clinic. Her unique approach is to recognize that each human being is his/her own most valuable asset. As such, she provides counseling that helps others to go beyond financial health -- empowering them to achieve all kinds of life goals. Karina’s use of ETO Software to track all of her efforts proved beneficial as she had two times as many outcomes as other coaches in the areas of money management, savings, banking and debt counseling. She also received the highest outcomes in improving her client’s credit rating.
- Benjamin Cramer, Supported Employment Specialist, St Luke’s House: Guided by the philosophy that meaningful employment and the completion of learning opportunities have a causal link to the overall successful transition to independence for young adults with mental health disabilities, Benjamin Cramer is passionate about partnering with young people and sets the stage for success in life. By helping clients achieving major goals like attaining employment, and graduating high school, continuing with further education or training, Ben has been able to exceed all goals and expectations in terms of achieving key outcomes.
- Jesse Biringer, Financial Services Coordinator, SparkPoint Centers: As a coach for the SparkPoint Center in the San Francisco Bay area, Jesse has been highly effective in creating step-by-step plans that allows clients to build assets, grow income and manage debt. The SparkPoint Centers help thousands of individuals achieve financial stability and Jesse works with participants on a wide range of areas, and tracks her efforts on the each participant’s unique goals. Jesse's dedication to her clients, commitment to tracking progress on client outcomes, and diligence in recording data has allowed her to exceed other staff member’s efforts by a significant margin.
More details about the Superstar Foundation can be found at http://www.superstarfoundation.org.
About the Superstar Foundation™:
The Superstar Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating and rewarding top performing human service professionals. It was developed and launched in 2008 by Steve Butz, founder of Social Solutions.