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After a halt in employment amid COVID, employee is happy to resume

Robert has been working at McAlister’s Deli since early 2017 which is an achievement Robert is very proud of. Robert is a dishwasher for the restaurant and was working 2 shifts a week until he was offered more hours after about 2 years of employment with the company. Robert’s managers are very impressed with his work ethic and overall positive attitude. Robert was offered 2 additional weekly shifts but he decided to only accept 1 more shift a week in order to not overwhelm himself. While on-shift at McAlister’s, Robert receives support from a job coach who reports regularly to staff members that Robert does a phenomenal job at work completing job duties, staying on task, and completing extra delegations once completed with his own work. Robert expresses to his staff members often how much he loves his job and enjoys his coworkers.

When Robert was laid off in mid-March due to Covid-19, he was heartbroken and disappointed but maintained a hopeful outlook. Robert took the initiative to check in with his support team via phone call about every two weeks about the status of his employment until Robert received the awesome news that he would be going back to work August 12th. Robert missed 5 months of work due to the pandemic and regularly informed the people in his life over that time frame that he couldn’t wait to go back! Since going back to work, Robert has been excited every day for his work shifts and the opportunity to spend time with and interact with his coworkers.

Here is what Robert has to say:

Why is work important to you?

“’cause I like my coworkers, I enjoy making money, even though money isn’t the main thing, I still like hanging out there and I enjoy working with my job coach.”

How has the pandemic impacted work for you?

“It was terrible that I didn’t get to go to work for like 4 months. I really missed work and I didn’t like it at all that I was missing work. I really missed the employees and working at my job and making a paycheck.”

How did you feel when you found out you get to go back?

“I felt great, I was really excited!”

Is there anything else you want to share about your work experience?

“My job helps me be more independent and I enjoy making money.”

Robert’s manager, Heather (picture below), states, “Robert is such a good kid. We just love having him here so much; he holds a special place in my heart!”

Golf tournament shines despite COVID-19 delay

The 17th annual Monett Golf Tournament took place on Friday, June 19 at the Windmill Ridge Golf Course. The event was originally scheduled for May 1, but was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.

While still being cautious, this year’s tournament took place with social distancing modifications. Boxed lunches, catered by Jami Lynn’s Dinner to Go, were placed in the spaced-out golf carts, volunteers at the tournament wore masks with sanitizer and masks available to all participants. Even on the course there were adjustments: pool noodles were added to the holes so golfers could fetch their ball without touching the sides of the cup or the flag.

Despite the change of date and some restrictions, the tournament hosted 18 teams. A little rain throughout the tournament didn’t stop anyone from having fun and raising funds for our Monett Division. “The Monett Golf Tournament is a staple to the Monett community. We are so happy to have had such a successful event after having to postpone,” stated Danielle Wise, Director of Development for The Arc of the Ozarks.

The $6,200 raised from the tournament will help support The Arc’s clients that reside in Barry and Lawrence counties.

A special thank you to all of the sponsors of this tournament: Freedom Bank, ASI, Liberty Utilities, KPM CPAs and Advisors, John A Lewright Attorney, MEA Financial, Lily Chemical, Xcel Biz Services, Nestleroad & Roberts Optometrist, Dennis Scholl, Genesis Bolt, Shelter Insurance – Andy Brandt, First Independent Bank, First State Bank of Purdy, Randall, Masri & Randall, Crown Power & Equipment and Sater Pharmacy.

Winners of the tournament are listed below:

1st A Flight: Shelter Insurance – Score 50

2nd A Flight: MEA Financial – Score 53

1st B Flight: David Tatum – Score 58

2nd B Flight: Doug Carr team – Score 58

Longest Drive #15 – Mike Emhoff

Closest to the Pin #18 – Doug Pascoe

Closest to the Pin #5 – Bryan Boggs

Closest to the Pin # 16 – Jack Bailey

Closest to the Pin #9 – Wayne Clifton