Governor Walker Recognizes Riverfront Participants

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Governor Walker Recognizes the Work of Riverfront Participant Employment Team    

La Crosse, WI- A certificate of recognition from Governor Scott Walker will be presented to Riverfront participants employed to maintain Rest Area 31, Eastbound I-90, La Crosse. The recognition is part of the governor’s “Year of the Better Bottom Line,” to encourage employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Tom VanBeek, Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) and Tom Packard, Rehabilitation for Wisconsin (RFW), will present the certificate.The Wisconsin DOT employs people with disabilities at rest areas statewide through the Rest Area Maintenance (RAM) program, overseen by RFW.

The presentation will take place Wednesday, September 10th at 11:00 a.m., at Rest Area 31, Eastbound I-90 in La Crosse.

“We appreciate this recognition of the good work of Riverfront participants who maintain the rest area and keep the facility clean and welcoming for visitors to Wisconsin,” said Mary Kessens, Riverfront President and CEO. “It’s a testament to the benefits of employing adults with disabilities.”

Riverfront’s RAM team typically consists of six to ten employees. Depending on their employment goals, team members work partial or full days to maintain the I-90 rest area, and they always have the support of a Riverfront coach to provide guidance as needed. The successful collaboration of Riverfront and the DOT spans more than 15 years and has provided training and employment dozens of adults with disabilities in the La Crosse area.