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Opportunities, Inc.’s Rest Area Custodial Training Program received the 2013 Inspector’s Award from Wisconsin’s Rest Area Maintenance (RAM) Program. An award presentation took place on Tuesday, January 21 at I-94 Eastbound Rest Area. 

Rest Area The Rest Area Custodial Training Program is contracted with Rehabilitation for Wisconsin through their RAM Program to maintain the I-94 Eastbound and Westbound public rest areas. Through this specialized Opportunities, Inc. training program, individuals with disabilities and other life barriers gain work experience and hands-on skills training for future community employment. It is lead by a team of supervisors with backgrounds in commercial cleaning and understanding of a diverse workforce. 

Over 25 individuals receive training and work experience on an annual basis at the I-94 rest area’s to advance job skills and prepare for community employment. 

Opportunities, Inc. received the award for having consistent high standards in custodial, maintenance and landscaping services, for responsiveness to inspector’s requests and for overall positive team attitude. “Both rest areas are always clean, but if I do find something the next time I come in it’s always fixed,” Teresa McKay, RFW RAM Quality Assurance Inspector, noted at the presentation. 

The RAM Program consists of 128 roadside sites in 39 counties in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) owns these sites and acts as the program administrator. WisDOT contracts with Rehabilitation for Wisconsin, Inc. (RFW) to provide program management service and also with 23 Community Rehabilitation Programs, such as Opportunities Inc., to provide the custodial care and landscape maintenance services at these roadside sites.

The award was presented by Tom Packard, Rehabilitation for Wisconsin, Inc. RAM Operations Director, and Teresa McKay, Rehabilitation for Wisconsin, Inc. RAM Quality Assurance Inspector. 

Photo: Terry Langholff, Rest Area Supervisor; Norb Jedrezewski, Rest Area Supervisor; Cindy Bruske, Custodial Facilitator; Teresa McKay, RFW RAM Quality Assurance Inspector; Al Peters, Rest Area Supervisor; Mike Steinke, Janitorial Coach; Tom Packard, RFW RAM Operations Director.