IT'S THE MISSION THAT MOVES US
The third-annual Walk-N-Roll events brought together clients, direct support professionals, and families across all six counties this month.
Onawa hosted the last event of the season and recognized Michael Kepner with the Client Spirit Award. Michael has been enjoying increased independence since moving to live on his own and working full-time at a local nursing home. When his friend was admitted to the nursing home for hospice, Michael went above and beyond to offer comfort.
Every day before and after his shifts, Michael visited his friend, pushing his wheelchair up and down the hall so he wouldn’t feel cooped up in his room. When he was no longer able to leave his bed, Michael would simply sit by his side to keep him company.
When his friend passed, Michael was a pallbearer at the funeral.
"Michael is very kind and considerate," said Lora Jensen, Onawa Market Director. "He has a lot of friends and is very kind-hearted and always willing to help anyone in need."