VIENNA - SW Resources honored clients Tuesday during an awards banquet at the Parkersburg Country Club.
Clients who receive employment opportunities with the nonprofit organization were recognized for the accomplishments they made in 2012, said Terah Klein, SW Resources executive director.
"It's a nice night we can all get together and invite our award winners out," she said. "We recognize people who achieved something."
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Client Jamie Poe, left, stands with SW Resources case manager Savannah McCutcheon at the awards banquet Tuesday evening.
Klein said the organization, based in Parkersburg, helped more than 200 clients in 2012 and wanted to honor them for their achievements as well as recognize members of the community.
Businesses were recognized for their help with the organization, including Woodcraft LLC, West Virginia University at Parkersburg, Green Acres Regional Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg, Mountain State College and the E.L.I.T.E. Sports Center.
The guest speaker was Wood County native Christina Smith, the executive director of The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley. The Arc provides programs, services, advocacy and support to children and adults with intellectual, cognitive and developmental disabilities.
A Gateway to the Community Award was given to Donnie Morris, who recently entered the community workforce after assistance from the company, Klein said.
"The Gateway to the Community Award is one I'm the most proud of," she said. "It means the client left us and has moved on to a job in the community."
The Robert Nutter Award was given to Kathy Hordadan, the Gary Hellberg Award given to Jamie Poe, the Bud Burdette Award given to Robert Bell and the Ben Hatfield Award given to Michael Rine.
Ben Summers, SW Resources marketing and sales manager, said in 2012 the organization saw 277 clients come through its facility.
"Some have been with us five years," he said. "We do a lot of things; we love to be community oriented."
Summers said the organization likes to celebrate its clients who have shown great character, a great work ethic and positive attitude.
"You've never seen a group of people more proud to come to work," Summers said of the clients. "They all know each other; they are family."
"It's really eye-opening to see what we do and what the clients get to work with every day," he said.
One of those clients, Sterling Stephens, said he is physically handicapped and discovered SW Resources on his own. He now works in the company's janitorial department.
"It's like being a family, everybody knows you," he said. "It's a good place to challenge people. I wish there were more places like it."
Stephens said it isn't difficult for him to take pride in what he does.