Billings AWARE delegates participated in the "Corporate Congress," a corporate gathering held at Fairmont Hot Springs that allowed them to sponsor and vote on "bills" to improve the way the company serves customers.
Local employees participating in the Congress were Nick Speltz, representing Billings Work Services; Kim Lewis, representing the Billings District; Milisa Mossett, representing Support Services; and Susan Story, representing Targeted Case Management. The delegates, from AWARE offices across the state, are all nonsupervisory and nonmanagement staff or people who receive services. The Congress adopted 19 measures, including a bill that would streamline the way the corporation purchases goods and services in the 26 communities where it has offices and another that would improve outcomes for children in Early Head Start programs.
With more than 1,100 employees in 26 communities across Montana, AWARE has been providing homes and training for adults with developmental disabilities for more than 30 years. Among AWARE's services are group home living, supported independent living, supported employment and center-based employment.