Mid Michigan Industries honors individuals and businesses helping to create inclusive communities

Brian Adam had a dream of becoming both employed and independent; so, after his high school graduation, Adam began working with Mid Michigan Industries (MMI), which provides jobs and training for individuals with barriers to employment, to develop the technical skills necessary for workplace success.

Through MMI, Adam took classes, learned to work in a team, improved his interviewing skills, and more — all of which paid off when he was offered a position at Cula Fit Foods in Clare.

Tuesday evening, Adam was recognized for his hard work and determination when he was named a McCollum-McFarlane Achievement Award winner at MMI’s annual Night of Celebration on Dec. 2. The award honors a person served from each primary location of MMI.

MMI works with over 150 inclusive employers, many community partners, and nearly 1,000 program participants with a goal of creating inclusive communities for people like Adam; the Night of Celebration is an opportunity for MMI to recognize and thank the businesses and individuals who help them achieve that goal, as well as those the organization serves.

Over 100 guests attended the event where MMI’s Mt Pleasant Art Program participants designed centerpieces for the tables and the Employment Connections “Food Handling” Group created appetizers.

Three of the night’s most prestigious honors were given to Brown Manufacturing who was named Business Partner of the Year, the Mid Michigan Community Action Agency who was awarded Community Partner of the Year, and Glory Strey, a Montcalm Care Network case manager, who received the Above and Beyond Award.