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Results of 33rd Annual Tenco Golf Classic are in

June 19, 2019

33rd Annual Tenco Golf Classic Hole Prize Winners Announced

June 18, 2019

Morning Hole Prize Winners:

Hole #1: Longest Putt – Josh Hall - Prize: 4 tickets to Cedar Rapids Rough Riders
Hole #3: Closest to the Pin – Sherry North - Prize: Basket of Tenco produce & $25.00 Gift Certificate to Fun City
Hole #6: Longest Drive (female) – Toni Robinson - Prize: $50 Gift Card to Fun City & 2 tickets to National Mississippi

                      River Museum
Hole #8: Land in painted circle – Dylan Guest - Prize: “Grill” meat bundle – donated by Fareway
Hole #9: Closest to the Pin in 3 shots – Blaine Sylvester - Prize: $50.00 Gift Certificate to Godfrey’s Ale House

                       and Autographed photo from Chicago Cubs
Hole #11: Longest Putt – Carlin Mitchell - Prize: Overnight stay and 2 buffet tickets to Lakeside Casino
Hole #13: Land on the Green 
    A Case of JBS Bacon – Blaine Sylvester
    Bookin’s Pulsar Designer Watch - Marshall Cox
Hole #15 Competition: Closest to the Pin – Dave Bunce - Prize: 2 bag chairs, 2 wine glasses, 2 bottles of  wine and 

                wine carrying  case
Hole #16 Competition: Longest Drive (male) – John Vandello - Prize: 3 day, 2 night stay at destination of choice 
                       – per package
Hole #17 Competition: Longest Putt – Jeff Van Fleet - Prize: $25.00 Gift Certificate to Casey’s and autographed photo 

                       from Chicago Bears
 

Afternoon Hole Prize Winners:

Hole #1 Competition: Longest Putt – Cassadie Roberts - Prize: 12 Monthly bowling package at Champion Bowl
Hole #3 Competition: Closest to the Pin – Sanford Weaver - Prize: Basket from Ottumwa Radio & $25.00 Gift Certificate

            to Fun City
Hole #6 Competition: Longest Drive (female) – Codie Amason - Prize: $50 Gift Card to O’Hara Hardware & $50 Gift Card

            to Target
Hole #8 Competition: Land in painted circle (with $5.00 bet) – Marcus Giltner - Prize: “Grill” meat bundle – donated by

             Fareway
Hole #9 Competition: Closest to the Pin in 3 shots – Charlie Burns - Prize: $50.00 Gift Certificate to Godfrey’s Ale House
             & Minnesota Timberwolves photograph
Hole #11 Competition: Longest Putt – Pat Hart - Prize: Overnight stay and 2 lunch buffet tickets to Riverside Casino &

             Golf Resort
Hole #13 Competition: Land on the Green
    Handmade Quilt – Brant Champoux 
    Homemade wooden cabinet with drop down bar – Brandon Veatch
Hole #15 Competition: Closest to the Pin– Tom Spurgeon - Prize: 4 tickets to the Iowa Cubs
Hole #16 Competition: Longest Drive (male) – Charlie Burns - Prize: Camping gear & River raft
Hole #17 Competition: Longest Putt – Sanford Weaver - Prize: $25.00 Gift Certificate to Casey’s & autographed photo

                   from Chicago Bears

Tenco Adopts New Mission and Values Statement

April 30, 2019

As a result of multiple strategic planning sessions on the part of the Tenco Board, Tenco Foundation Trustees, and leaders in the organization, Tenco is pleased to announce the adoption of a new Mission and Vision Statement, and a new mode of service delivery for the people with disabilities that they serve. 

Tenco’s new mission is “To empower persons with disabilities to live, learn, and work independently in their community.“ This simple but powerful statement is supported by key strategic initiatives focused on growing and changing with the times.  Tenco believes this rebranding shows their dedication to continued client and organizational success for many years into the future.

Tenco’s new vision is that “All people enjoy a high quality of life where they are as independent as possible and valued members of the community.  Tenco sees this to be more than a change in philosophy, but rather a goal to work toward each day.  The mission and vision statements will be Tenco’s guiding force in decision making.

Tenco, now in its 54th year of service to people with disabilities, must modify their mode of service to comply with recently mandated state and federal regulations.  In meeting these new requirements, Tenco is ensuring that the goals and direction of the organization are faithful to the organization’s purpose.

One change is that Tenco is transitioning to a Community Integration model.  Community integration programs involve a team approach that can include the client, family members and caregivers, community members, health care and educational professionals, community organization staff, and governmental staff.  Tenco’s goal is to ensure that people with disabilities are receiving the same life experiences as people without disabilities.  To provide such services, Tenco will be continuing to transition services to community-based settings that include community employment and community inclusion activities.  As a result, client employment within the Tenco facility will be phased out the end of June 2019.

Community Integration is also being transitioned into the Adult Day Habilitation program at Tenco as well.  And while this program and the Adult Day Care program that is scheduled to initiate later in 2019 will remain at Tenco facilities, there will be enhanced focus on community activities and attendance at community events.

As the guiding laws and environment change, Tenco will redefine how and what it does to meet the needs of those who utilize its services.  The variety of services presently offered to individuals include residential, adult day habilitation, community employment, employment skills and job coaching, respite, supported community living, transition home and residential care facility living.  These programs, along with two greenhouses and a Second Time Around thrift store gives Tenco a broad ability to maintain success for the future.

As the guiding laws and environment change, Tenco will redefine how and what it does to meet the needs of those who utilize its services. The variety of services offered to individuals include residential, adult day habilitation and a number of job skills training to support individuals working in the community. These programs, along with two greenhouse and a Second Time Around thrift store, gives Tenco a broader ability to maintain success. Together these strong, memorable, and inspiring words will allow Tenco to empower individuals for many years to come.

Tenco continues to provide a variety of services out of offices in these six counties: Wapello, Appanoose, Jefferson, Van Buren, Marion and Mahaska.  

Student In Fairfield Uses Technology To Communicate With Others

April 19, 2019

Thank you KYOU on this amazing story of partnerships helping people achieve success.

Click here for video and story: HERE

Tenco Celebrates Success at Annual Awards Banquet

April 18, 2019

A crowd of about 300 attended the Annual Tenco Awards Banquet on Friday, April 12th evening at the Bridge View Center, in this Tenco’s 54th anniversary of empowerment to people with disabilities.  The event honored business and industry, civic organizations, benefactors, and individuals served by Tenco. “You Rock” was the theme of the evening.

 

Attendees were entertained by juggler Scott Baird, as well as musical entertainment by Dianna Hill, a singer from Ottumwa.  The meal was prepared by Chef Bob Newell and Bridge View Center staff. Outstanding volunteers helping serve were Ottumwa Job Corps students and staff. Master of Ceremonies was Tenco’s CFO Marc Roe.

 

The evening began by honoring the sponsor for the evening: Principal.  Principal made a $10,000 gift to Tenco - $5,000 of which covers much of the cost of Tenco Awards Banquet.  Tenco truly appreciate the wonderful partnership, friendship and support that Principal has provided to us.

 

Staff were honored for their years of service. Honored for five years of dedication to Tenco were: Betty Benge, Jessica Bennett, Deanna Carter, Carrie Chase, Kandi Harvey, Bob Morrissey, and Marc Roe.

 

Tenco Client Winners:

 

Top Effort Award:  recognizes individuals for achievements in the areas of personal growth, skill development and movement toward independence. Winners of the Top Effort Award were Laura Nichols of Fairfield, Connor Helm of Ottumwa, and Kara Knisely of Centerville.

 

Mitzi Martin Award: presented to individuals who have overcome adversity and are an example to all of us that hard work and determination does indeed lead to personal success.  Winners of the Mitzi Martin Award were Cale Ellis of Ottumwa, Tyler Johnson of Ottumwa, and Nancy See of Centerville.

 

Independence Award:  recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding growth in socialization and becoming more independent in their living situation. Winners of the Independence Award were Sarah Gray and Charles “Dan” Walters, both of Knoxville.

 

Achievement Award: The Achievement Award was developed to honor an extraordinary individual that is served by Tenco services.  It is to honor an individual who advocates for themselves and maintained a positive outlook on life during times when others may have lost optimism.  This individual has gone above and beyond to future opportunities for individuals served by Tenco. Winners of the Achievement Award were Adam Gevock of Knoxville, Jim Lynch of Ottumwa, and Jim Howe of Ottumwa.

 

Community Awards:

Employer of the Year Award: to recognize a partner’s outstanding commitment to opportunities for meaningful employment opportunities for individuals Tenco serves. Winner of Employer of the Year Award was Fairfield Hy-Vee.

 

Business Partner of the Year: to recognize a partner for the dedication you have shown on behalf of people with disabilities and for your support of Tenco and its programs. Winners of Business Partner of the Year Award were Kness Manufacturing of Albia and Friday’s Fresh Market of Davenport.

 

Community Service Award: to recognize a partner for outstanding service and support to Tenco in carrying out our good work. Winners of Community Service Award was First Lutheran Church of Ottumwa.

 

Exemplar Award: to recognize a partner for being a beneficent model of allegiance and support for Tenco and individuals that we serve. Winner of Exemplar Award were Maurice and Helen Sinclair.

 

Exceptional Service Award: presented in recognition of extraordinary performance of multiple duties and responsibilities in support of Tenco and individuals we serve. Winner of Exceptional Service Award was Bridge View Center (VenuWorks).

 

Tenco’s most prestigious award, The Visionary Award, was renamed last year to honor the first executive director Tom Johnson, who recently passed away. “Servant Hearts” will continue to make Tenco a success and those hearts will make certain that those who need it will be served by Tenco. Tom was the father of Tenco and had he not been a visionary, all this would not be possible.  Tom Johnson Visionary Award: presented in recognition of foresight and enhancement of the future of Tenco and individuals that we serve. Winner of Tom Johnson Visionary Award were Will and Karen Reece of Ottumwa.

 

Bob Morrissey provided a planned giving report. Planned gifts to charities across our great nation have been referred to as the “life-blood” of the good work to which these charities are dedicated.  Tenco is not an exception; a major planned gift by the Floyd Parker estate in 1975, “really gave Tenco the opportunity to survive and grow” according to Tom Johnson – Tenco’s first Executive Director. Tenco has been named a beneficiary in an estate and will be releasing more information about that as soon as it has been completed.

 

This Tenco tradition continues today – with Endow Iowa. This account through the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines provides donors who are Iowa residents with all the traditional federal tax advantages of a charitable gift, and in addition allows the donor to receive a 25% Iowa tax credit. Tenco and the Tenco Foundation are certified 501 c 3 by the IRS and as such gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.  

Combined Efforts support Fairfield Student

February 15, 2019

Gonzalo Gonzalez, a student at Fairfield Middle School is currently non-verbal and relies on Augmentative and Alternative Communication to communicate his wants and needs to those around him.  Gonzalo began using the communication app Touch Chat, in the spring of 2018.  This application was trialed and found to be successful with Gonzalo in the school setting; Fairfield Public Schools purchased the application for Gonzalo to utilize while attending school. Jennifer DeManuele-Kinder, Special Education Teacher at Fairfield Middle School, works to support his communication, and helped to facilitate his approved for the app.

Since beginning to use Touch Chat, Gonzalo has generated novel messages, demonstrated an ability to navigate through multiple page sets to produce a message, and increased his expressive language output. Also, at school, a reduction in behaviors due to communication breakdowns has been noted.  Overall, Gonzalo shows enhanced interest in communicating and demonstrates success when using Touch Chat; his personality is now more out-going and he will joke with his teachers now.

Because of Gonzalo’s proven success in the school setting, Abby Lynn, Speech Language Pathologist at Great Prairie AEA, researched options to assist with providing Touch Chat for Gonzalo’s use at home.  Ms. Lynn approached Tenco, as they have been Gonzalo’s residential support/provider for several years; assisting Gonzalo with communication, behavior management, and community integration.  Through contact with Tenco, Ms. Lynn was introduced to the DreamWeavers Program; a grant program through the Tenco Foundation.     

In Ms. Lynn’s words, “this communication app would allow him to express more complex and novel messages to communication partners that are familiar with him.”  The DreamWeavers program approved the purchase of the app that would provide the same technology for Gonzalo for his iPad at home that he presently has a school.

DreamWeavers was established at Tenco in 2005 for the expressed purpose of providing finances to meet special needs, emergency situations, to assist individuals in accomplishing goals, and enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities. The Tenco Foundation commits $10,000 per year to fund grants for people served by Tenco.

Combined Efforts support Fairfield Student

Gonzalo Gonzalez, a student at Fairfield Middle School is currently non-verbal and relies on Augmentative and Alternative Communication to communicate his wants and needs to those around him.  Gonzalo began using the communication app Touch Chat, in the spring of 2018.  This application was trialed and found to be successful with Gonzalo in the school setting; Fairfield Public Schools purchased the application for Gonzalo to utilize while attending school. Jennifer DeManuele-Kinder, Special Education Teacher at Fairfield Middle School, works to support his communication, and helped to facilitate his approved for the app.

Since beginning to use Touch Chat, Gonzalo has generated novel messages, demonstrated an ability to navigate through multiple page sets to produce a message, and increased his expressive language output. Also, at school, a reduction in behaviors due to communication breakdowns has been noted.  Overall, Gonzalo shows enhanced interest in communicating and demonstrates success when using Touch Chat; his personality is now more out-going and he will joke with his teachers now.

Because of Gonzalo’s proven success in the school setting, Abby Lynn, Speech Language Pathologist at Great Prairie AEA, researched options to assist with providing Touch Chat for Gonzalo’s use at home.  Ms. Lynn approached Tenco, as they have been Gonzalo’s residential support/provider for several years; assisting Gonzalo with communication, behavior management, and community integration.  Through contact with Tenco, Ms. Lynn was introduced to the DreamWeavers Program; a grant program through the Tenco Foundation.     

In Ms. Lynn’s words, “this communication app would allow him to express more complex and novel messages to communication partners that are familiar with him.”  The DreamWeavers program approved the purchase of the app that would provide the same technology for Gonzalo for his iPad at home that he presently has a school.

DreamWeavers was established at Tenco in 2005 for the expressed purpose of providing finances to meet special needs, emergency situations, to assist individuals in accomplishing goals, and enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities. The Tenco Foundation commits $10,000 per year to fund grants for people served by Tenco.

Tenco Foundation supports the Good Work of Tenco

January 03, 2019

The Tenco Foundation was formed in 1975 in response to a planned gift Tenco had received from the Floyd Parker estate.  Mr. Parker was impressed with good work of Tenco, and in his passing left Tenco his entire farm in Monroe County.  Tom Johnson, Tenco Executive Director at the time, stated “Floyd Parker’s gift really gave Tenco the opportunity to survive and grow”.  Tenco continues to receive planned gifts to this day and for that is very grateful.

The mission of the Foundation is to enrich the lives of people with disabilities by investing in Tenco and the people it serves.  Over the years the Tenco Foundation has supported Tenco’s mission in many and varied ways.  “I would characterize the Tenco Foundation as a ‘working foundation’ in a sense” stated Tenco Development Officer Bob Morrissey.  “Much of the resources the Foundation receives from its many loyal friends and benefactors is invested back into Tenco to enhance their ability to serve people with disabilities”, he continued.

A look back over the past 5 years is evidence that the Tenco Foundation is fulfilling its mission.  The Foundation has provided support through purchase of residential homes in Ottumwa, Fairfield, and Knoxville; enhancement of the Tenco Vehicle Fleet; assisting with the construction of the Tenco hydroponic greenhouse to provide employment opportunities; assisting with the cost of installing solar energy at the hydroponic greenhouse; improvements at Tenco’s Fairfield facility and Second Time Around retail store in Centerville; and funding the DreamWeavers Program that provides grants to people with disabilities to enhance their quality of their lives.  “Over the past 5 years alone, the Tenco Foundation has invested more than $630,000 into the good work of Tenco” stated Tenco Executive Director Cheryl Plank.

“What has been satisfying to me is that these dollars have been invested, and our bottom-line has still managed to maintain steady growth”, stated long-time Tenco Foundation Trustee Kent Walker.  “And now with the Tenco Foundation Endow Iowa account in place at the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, we can build an endowment fund for future needs while providing donors to this account a 25% Iowa Tax Credit, in addition to traditional federal tax advantages” he continued.

 In addition to Walker, Tenco Foundation Trustees include Liz Schiller, President; Dan Dowling, Vice President; Nancy Emanuel, Past President; John Helgerson, Sheryl North, Grant Oswalt, Greg Pixley, and Liz Wilson, Tenco Board President.  

Tenco Creates Donor Wall Honoring Friends and Benefactors

November 19, 2018

Tenco is beginning its 54th year of service to people with disabilities in southern Iowa; and while supporters of our good work have been recognized in annual reports and newsletters, and at the Tenco Awards Banquet throughout more than a half-century, only recently has a Tenco Donor Wall become a reality.

The Tenco Donor Wall, featuring a tribute to Tenco’s first Executive Director Tom Johnson, was made possible through a lead gift from the Johnson family, and recognizes friends and benefactors who have made contributions of $500 or more to the agency since its incorporation in October of 1965.

Tenco invites everyone to visit their facility at 710 Gateway Drive to view the Donor Wall in the lobby first-hand.  “And we are asking for people’s assistance in suggesting those we may have overlooked” stated Bob Morrissey, Development Officer at Tenco.  “Reconstructing a history of giving that covers 53 years is a daunting task, and we knew this Wall would be a work-in-progress as it initiates; it is appropriate to announce the Tenco Donor Wall with Thanksgiving approaching, as Tenco is so very thankful for friends and benefactors,” he continued.

The catalyst that precipitated the move to develop the Donor Wall was the successful Capital Campaign that Tenco conducted from 2013 through 2017 reaching and surpassing their goal.  The fruits of that campaign included a wheelchair accessible van, upgrades in the vehicle fleet, a tractor and farm equipment to garden the land adjacent to the new hydroponic greenhouse, the 4-bay hydroponic greenhouse itself complete with a multipurpose facility and a 74.88 kWh solar system, and the establishment of a Tenco Endow Iowa account that provides Iowa taxpayers who make gifts a 25% Iowa tax credit.

Tenco is a very special place with a very special mission; service to people with disabilities in southern Iowa, and presently serves 320 people with disabilities in Van Buren, Jefferson, Wapello, Mahaska, Marion, and Appanoose Counties.

Dreams Come True video

October 05, 2018

Watch this heartwarming video: 

Foundation brings balance to cyclist's life

October 05, 2018

Ottumwa Courier shares story:

Paul Shipley has always loved cycling. His friends at Tenco Industries, where he has received disability services since 1995, could see it wasn’t easy on him when health problems forced him to put cycling on hold.

Most recently, states a press release from Tenco, Shipley has experienced knee and balance problems, which have diminished his opportunities for exercise, especially biking.

Besides receiving services through Tenco, Shipley and others earn a paycheck while learning vocational and independence skills. So he interacts with Jessica Murphy, program coordinator at Tenco.

Murphy took an interest in Shipley and his unhappy situation, stating, “Paul prides himself in everything he is able to do.”

Jessica encouraged him to apply to “DreamWeavers” at Tenco. DreamWeavers exists, states the release, to offer people with disabilities the financial support necessary to achieve dreams important to their quality of life. Funds for the DreamWeavers program are solicited and managed through the Tenco Foundation.

The catalyst for this altruistic program? The abundance of financial need observed by staff in the individuals they serve. The review committee approved Paul Shipley’s application and the search was on to find something to fit his needs. With technical assistance from Riverside Cyclery, an adult 3-wheel trike was identified that will serve Paul. The better balanced bike was delivered to Tenco and he took his first ride last week right through the center of the facility.

Now the trike is at his home, and according to staff, getting regular use.

Don't Miss Your Chance: Tenco Establishes Endow Iowa Account

January 24, 2018

The Tenco Foundation has recently established an Endow Iowa Account with the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines that provides an avenue to create a perpetual endowment for Tenco and the people with disabilities they serve. Since 2005, Iowans have given almost $200 million to these permanently endowed funds to create lasting good in their communities.

When you donate to the Tenco Foundation Account through the Endow Iowa fund, you are eligible to receive a 25% state tax credit, in addition to any federal tax benefits you may qualify for when making a gift to the Tenco Foundation.  This unique program helps you meet your charitable giving goals and provides support for Tenco’s mission for generations to come.

Endow Iowa qualified charitable gifts for the Tenco Foundation must be made through the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines and can be made by individuals, businesses, corporations, or financial institutions.  It becomes part of a permanent endowment fund, with a limited annual distribution to the Tenco Foundation of 5%.

How it Works:

  • A variety of gifts qualify for Endow Iowa Tax Credits including cash, real estate, farmland, appreciated securities and outright gifts of retirement assets.

  • Tax credits of 25% of the gifted amount are limited to $300,000 in tax credits per individual for a gift of $1.2 million or $600,000 in tax credits per couple for a gift of $2.4 million if both are Iowa taxpayers.  No minimum gift is required to qualify for Endow Iowa Tax Credits.

  • Endow Iowa Tax Credits are available on a first-come/first-serve basis until the yearly appropriated limit is reached.  If the current year’s tax credits have been exhausted, qualified donors are eligible for next year’s Endow Iowa Tax Credits.  This program is very popular, and remaining Tax Credits through Endow Iowa for 2018 are quickly being utilized; when the 2018 Tax Credits are exhausted, Endow Iowa gifts that qualify in the remainder of 2018 are eligible for 2019 tax credits.

  • All qualified donors have five years to use their Endow Iowa Tax Credits

The present value of the Tenco Foundation Endowment Account is $101,000; for questions or more information you may call the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines at (515) 883-2626, or contact Bob Morrissey at Tenco (641) 682-8114 or bmorrissey@tenco.org

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