Employees Celebrate 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 Year Work Anniversaries
More than 70 employees of New Community were honored for their hard work and dedication to the agency at a recent Employee Recognition Ceremony.
“I really love this day because it gives me a chance to say ‘thank you,’” Richard Rohrman, CEO of New Community, said to the employees who represented various departments, ranging from Dietary and Workforce Development to the Family Service Bureau.
Organized by the Human Resources Department led by Director Ben Galvez, the ceremony recognized NCC employees who have served for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years at the agency. Each honored employee was treated to a luncheon, catered by the Food Service staff at Extended Care, and presented with an engraved plaque that included his or her name and years of service.
“This ceremony is dedicated to you,” Galvez said during his welcoming remarks at the event, which was held at New Community’s headquarters at St. Joseph Plaza on West Market Street in Newark.
Frances Teabout, director of Mission, imparted words of wisdom to the group and thanked the employees for their commitment to NCC’s mission. “You get up, day after day, put on your badge and come to work to make New Community what it is. We thank you,” she said.
While there were more than 30 employees recognized for achieving their five-year mark at NCC, Madge Wilson stood out as the single staffer being honored for reaching the milestone of 35 years of service this year. As both a board member and the agency’s outreach coordinator, Wilson is known for getting difficult tasks done, according to Monsignor William J. Linder, who has known Wilson for decades.
“It’s not really 35 years for Madge, it’s forever,” said Monsignor, New Community’s founder and board chairman. “As we all know, she is the most generous person there is,” he added. In recent years, Wilson has specifically focused on helping homeless veterans secure housing. She serves as a liaison between Veteran Affairs hospitals and New Community’s Property Management Department to ensure that the men and women who served in the armed forces have a safe and decent apartment to call home.
For Wilson, who worked, years ago, at the Newark Housing Authority before coming to New Community, her job is a labor of love.
“As Monsignor said, I will work. I love working,” she said. “This is my home…I love New Community.”
Rohrman reminded the workers that their jobs at NCC serve a greater purpose.
“We continue to push forward because people need us,” he said.