While we at Hattie Larlham have never measured our success by the amount of praise we get or the number of awards we win, we do like to share our good news. From time to time, the accomplishments our agency, projects and even individual employees are recognized by other organizations.
Smart Business Magazine and Medical Mutual recognized Hattie Larlham CEO Dennis Allen as a 2012 Pillar Award for Community Service finalist. He was selected for his achievements in the category of nonprofit executive director. The Pillar Awards recognize businesses that make a difference in their community and encourage charity, recognize creativity and demonstrate the relationship between for-profit and non-profit companies.
Hattie Larlham once again has been named one of the 99 best places to work in Northeast Ohio by the Employer’s Resource Council (ERC). This year marks the fourth time Hattie Larlham has been honored as a North Coast 99 company. Hattie Larlham was also recognized in 2006, 2008 and 2011. To become a NorthCoast 99 company, an organization must excel in seven fundamental workplace characteristics including flexibility, opportunity, development, security, support, service and talent integrity.
Hattie Larlham was recognized as a Crain’s Health Care Hero in the category of Healthiest Employer (Wellness). Hattie Larlham joined Medical Mutual of Ohio, University Hospitals, ERC and Independence Excavating as this year’s honorees in the category. Since Hattie Larlham’s wellness program started in 2007, the organization has gradually transformed it from a one-way program by which Hattie Larlham built employee awareness about healthy lifestyle choices to a two-way program designed to directly engage employees in living healthier lives. In doing so, Hattie Larlham has encouraged its employees to take ownership of their lifestyles.
Hattie Larlham was presented with a 2012 Community Impact Award. The award is given to community organizations that have made major contributions to economic and social revitalization projects in the area. Hattie Larlham was recognized for its vocational training programs that offer people with developmental disabilities a sense of purpose, valuable job experience and meaningful employment.
The Ohio Public Images (OPI) Awards call attention to individuals and organizations throughout Ohio who promote positive awareness of people with developmental disabilities. Hattie Larlham’s work was honored with three OPI awards in 2012.
Annual Report – For the second year running, Hattie Larlham’s annual report earned an OPI Award. Hattie Larlham’s most recent annual report presents a full picture of Hattie Larlham’s mission by examining the services available at each stage of life to people with developmental disabilities. For the first time, Hattie Larlham published a web-specific version of the annual report for electronic distribution. In the print version, Hattie Larlham embedded QR codes that people can scan with their mobile devices to be taken directly to Hattie Larlham’s website for more information on each service.
Website – Hattie Larlham received an OPI Award for its enhanced, re-launched website. The new website brings together all of the distinct pieces and parts of Hattie Larlham’s vast reach in Northeast Ohio to form a cohesive picture that tells the story of Hattie Larlham’s mission and that compels others to get involved in supporting this mission. The new website better showcases Hattie Larlham’s brands and features an improved online store. The website puts an emphasis on connecting with the organization through the prominent incorporation of Hattie Larlham social media accounts and by encouraging web visitors to join mailing lists, send contact messages and post comments to Hattie Larlham news and events.
Best Audio-Visual Production – The OPI Awards selected Hattie Larlham as a winner in this category for three videos Hattie Larlham produced about Hattie’s Café & Gifts, Hattie’s Doggie Day Care & Boarding and Hattie’s Garden. To explain these social enterprises, each video tells the success story of an one employee with developmental disabilities who is thriving in that specific program. Hattie Larlham has incorporated these videos into its website, YouTube account and other social media channels.
SMEI Akron honored Dotty Grexa, Hattie Larlham Vice President of Vocational and Enterprise Services, with a DSMA award. This award honors people who have made outstanding contributions to the sales, marketing or leadership of their organizations. Grexa was specifically honored for the work she does overseeing the day-to-day operations of all of Hattie Larlham’s social enterprise businesses. She was also recognized because of the way she has used her previous for-profit experience to create effective management techniques in the non-profit sector.
Hattie’s Café & Gifts was named Business of the Year by the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and the city of Hudson Economic Growth Board. The award recognizes businesses for their economic impact and contribution to the quality of life in Hudson, Ohio.
Dr. Richard Grossberg, medical director at Hattie Larlham, was awarded the Eleanor Hosley Memorial Award from The Hanna Perkins School at a dinner for the Alliance for Psychoanalytic Schools on November 12, 2011. The award was established to honor leaders in the field for their contribution to the emotional lives of children. Dr. Grossberg's accomplishments include writings and teachings about how psychoanalytic thinking can benefit health care providers to improve their relationships with patients and their families.
CEO Dennis Allen received the prestigious FirstMerit Legacy Award on behalf of Hattie Larlham.The First Merit Legacy Award is the highest honor of the Cascade Capital Business Growth Awards and “recognizes the company that has had the greatest impact on the Greater Akron region.” In general, the Cascade Capital Business Growth Awards pay tribute to organizations in the Akron area that have experienced significant sales or employment growth. The FirstMerit Legacy Award marks the fourth time in five years that Hattie Larlham has been recognized in some way through the Cascade Capital Business Growth Awards.
Hattie Larlham has been chosen a finalist in The Ohio Economic Development Association’s 2011 Annual Excellence Awards in the category of Excellence in Economic Development Marketing. Hattie Larlham has been chosen as a finalist for the organization’s outstanding public relations and marketing efforts, with a special emphasis on the organization’s website and social media. Hattie Larlham will find out where it ranks among the finalists when the awards are announced at the OEDA Annual Summit on October 26, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio.
The Employer’s Resource Council (ERC) named Hattie Larlham one of the 99 best places to work in Northeast Ohio. This is the third time Hattie Larlham has been a North Coast 99 company, with previous recognition in 2006 & 2008. The ERC selects the best workplaces in the area by examining seven fundamental workplace characteristics including flexibility, opportunity, recognition, development, security, support and talent integrity.
Smart Business and Kaiser Permanente named Hattie Larlham CEO Dennis Allen as a “Visionary” for the innovative ideas he has implemented throughout his career, including his efforts to meet the needs of people with disabilities in search of vocational training and employment through Hattie Larlham social enterprises. These ventures provide people with developmental disabilities the skills, experience and confidence they need to find meaningful work in the general workforce.
Dennis Allen, CEO of Hattie Larlham, is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Northeast Ohio Finalist. The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Awards are the most prestigious business awards in the world. They recognize business leaders who thrive in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Dennis has met these criteria through the many avenues in which he has engineered Hattie Larlham’s growth and through the way he has served as an advocate for people with developmental disabilities.
Crain’s Cleveland Business and Anthem honored Hattie Larlham as a 2011 Healthcare Heroes Finalist in the category of “Healthiest Employer.” Hattie Larlham has one of the most comprehensive on-site wellness programs of any employer in Ohio. As a result of these wellness programs, Hattie Larlham is reducing its costs, producing more productive employees and creating a corporate culture where employee wellness is a top priority.
The Ohio Public Images Awards honor individuals and organizations throughout Ohio who promote positive awareness of people with developmental disabilities. OPI honored Hattie Larlham in two categories during the Ohio Public Images Annual Awards luncheon on March 21, 2011.
Social Media Other Than a Web Site - This is the second-straight year Hattie Larlham has been honored with an Award of Merit for the role its social media channels play in promoting awareness and understanding of people with developmental disabilities. Since winning the 2010 award, Hattie Larlham doubled the organization’s reach on Facebook and made measurable strides in the level of engagement on its social media sites. Of Hattie Larlham’s Facebook page, the official awards video declared, “Judges found the page showed a nice integrated effort with many social media platforms and great use of YouTube video.”
Annual Report – Hattie Larlham won an Award of Merit for the organization’s most recent annual report. This annual report does more than deliver the numbers and financials behind Hattie Larlham’s operations – it brings a human aspect through them by paying tribute to the organization’s caregivers. Judges hailed it as a “beautiful report that tells the story well.”
Hattie Larlham is proud to produce print pieces whose visual impact helps to call attention to the organization’s mission of caring for people with developmental disabilities. The Printing Industries of Ohio – N. Kentucky singled out the printing of Hattie Larlham’s “Endless Opportunities” pocket folders with a Silver Print Excellence Award. This recognition in the pocket folders category was determined by three out-of-state expert judges who ranked all entries in each category of the competition.
Hattie's Doggie Day Care & Boarding was voted one of the best pet boarding organizations by the readers of the Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com.
Hattie's Doggie Day Care & Boarding earned the top spot in the Akron Canton FOX 8 Hotlist for Best Boarding. Out of the 18 nominees up for the honor, FOX 8 viewers singled out Hattie's Doggie Day Care & Boarding for its exceptional pet care and service.
Hattie Larlham’s social media initiatives were singled out with an Award of Merit in the “Use of the Internet Other Than A Web site” category. Hattie Larlham was the only organization honored in this category. The Ohio Public Images Awards honor individuals and organizations throughout Ohio who promote positive awareness of people with developmental disabilities.
For the third year running, Hattie Larlham was honored with the World Class Customer Service Award. Hattie Larlham has been distinguished as an organization that according to Smart Business Magazine “sets the standard for great customer service.”
Hattie Larlham CEO Dennis Allen earned a Distinguished Sales and Marketing Award from the Akron Chapter of Sales and Marketing Executives International (SMEI) in recognition of his leadership in providing direction to Hattie Larlham’s sales and marketing efforts.
Medical Mutual of Ohio and Smart Business selected Hattie Larlham Care Group Board President Mike Weinhardt as a winner of the Nonprofit Board Executive of the Year award. Mike will be officially honored at a banquet on Dec. 3, 2009, and will be featured in the December issue of Smart Business Cleveland and Smart Business Akron/Canton. As president of the Hattie Larlham Care Group Board, Mike and his fellow board members oversee the administrative support of Hattie Larlham. Mike took on his role as president at the beginning of 2009, but his tenure as a board member dates back to 2000. Hattie Larlham previously recognized Mike for his extraordinary contributions toward helping those with disabilities by selecting him as the 2005 Circle of Caring Honoree.
The Green Chamber of Commerce selected Constant Companions and Hattie's Doggie Day Care to receive its Vision Award for 2009. The award was presented on Oct. 27 by Green, Ohio Mayor Dick Norton, Chamber President Lori Howerton and Chamber Chairman Bob Keyes at Raintree Country Club. Hattie's Doggie Day Care Northeast Ohio Regional Manager Rick Parson and Hattie Larlham Community Services Executive Director Sandy Neal accepted the award. The awards are given to recognize local organizations and professionals for their notable community accomplishments.
During a banquet in September, Goodwill officially honored Hattie Larlham Habilitation Liaison Peggy Seither for going beyond the call of duty to enrich the lives of those she serves at Hattie Larlham. Despite being diagnosed with two different types of cancer, Peggy did not take time off work, because she knew the people she served required her attention. Peggy's desire to help people with disabilities compelled her to keep working at Hattie Larlham despite her own personal struggles. She is an outstanding example of the compassion and caring that Hattie Larlham provides to its residents.
Hattie’s Café & Gifts was honored as a “Best Overall Success Story” for its rapid growth in recent years. All Hattie’s Café & Gifts locations employ people with disabilities, providing empowerment and essential life skills to these employees. The first Hattie’s Café & Gifts opened in downtown Hudson in October 2006 with just a handful of employees. Only three years later, the Hattie’s Café franchise includes seven cafes and employs more than 30 people with disabilities. Hattie’s Café & Gifts benefits the economy by providing employment to a traditionally underserved population while at the same time operating a socially conscious and fundamentally sound business operation.
Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder, Patricia put aside her difficulties with social interactions to become an irreplaceable member of the Hattie Larlham volunteer team. Each year, Patricia volunteers more than 100 hours to Hattie Larlham.
In 2009, Hattie Larlham medical director Dr. Grossberg was honored with the prestigious Crain’s Cleveland Business Health Care Heroes Award. Dr. Grossberg entered a field of medical care in which there were no textbooks to prepare him. Often the first step in treatment is asking the question, “Where does it hurt?” Dr. Grossberg doesn’t have this luxury. To make a diagnosis, Dr. Grossberg must rely on subtle nonverbal cues from his patients and his years of working with people with disabilities.
Hattie Larlham was once again awarded the Outstanding Community Partner Award. Throughout the years, Hattie Larlham and Kent State have built an outstanding relationship, which has benefited both organizations. The university has partnered with Hattie Larlham for ongoing research and volunteer projects to help better the surrounding community.
For the second consecutive year, Hattie Larlham was honored with the World Class Customer Service Award. With new programs and the organization’s expansion of services, Hattie Larlham continues to pave the way for 21st century care for people with disabilities.
Hattie Larlham CEO Dennis Allen received the Distinguished Service Award for his tireless advocacy for people with developmental disabilities. Under Dennis’ leadership, Hattie Larlham launched innovative programs like Hattie’s Café & Gifts. Today, there are seven cafes throughout Northeast Ohio that employ more than 30 people with disabilities.
In Nov. 2008, the Summit County TBI Collaborative recognized Hattie Larlham CEO Dennis Allen for his involvement and vision in the area of traumatic brain injury. Under Allen’s leadership, the new Hattie Larlham program helps traumatic brain injury survivors lead full, active lives through new programs and services.
The Akron Beacon Journal recognized the great social impact Hattie’s Café & Gifts has on people with disabilities and the surrounding communities—so much so that it created an entire new award category just for the cafe. In May 2008, the paper presented its NEXT Award for greatest social impact, the first of its kind, to Hattie Larlham and Hattie’s Cafe.
The readers have spoken and Akron Life and Leisure listened. The local magazine had its readers vote for the best restaurants, coffee shops, among other local favorites. The July 2008 issue published the results, which included Hattie Larlham as the best local charity and Hattie’s Café received recognition, too, with its milkshakes being voted the second best in the area.
Cascade Capital Corporation awarded Hattie Larlham with its Overall Success achievement award for the contribution Hattie Larlham has made throughout community. It’s the second consecutive year Hattie Larlham was recognized for its achievement. For 14 years, Cascade Capital Corporation has recognized local organizations that increase sales by at least 100 percent or $5 million or by increasing employment by 50 percent or 25 employees.
In 2008, Case Western Reserve University recognized Hattie Larlham’s innovative programs and services it provides to people with disabilities. The university award Hattie Larlham with its Mandel Innovation Award, an annual award honoring organizations that reshape services that have increased the organization's value and effectiveness to the community.
In 2008, the Employer’s Resource Council (ERC) ranked Hattie Larlham among the 99 best places to work in Northeast Ohio. This distinction makes Hattie Larlham one of less than 300 companies to win this award. As a NorthCoast 99 organization, Hattie Larlham is in good company. Previous NorthCoast 99 winners include area companies recognized as Fortune 100 Best Places to Work and Working Mothers 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers.
Hattie Larlham received the Outstanding Community Partner Recognition, an annual award given by Kent State University. Throughout the past two years, Kent students have volunteered more than 1,000 hours at Hattie Larlham.
Hattie Larlham received the 2008 Ohio Health Worksite Award for its efforts to keep employees healthy. The organization created a wellness initiative that included a voluntary walking program. A total of 36 teams signed up, and nearly 7 million steps were taken, which when measured, equals the distance between Ohio and California.
The Upside of Downs of Greater Cleveland is a nonprofit organization that provides services for people with Down syndrome. In May 2008, the organization recognized Hattie Larlham and CEO Dennis Allen for helping better the lives of people with Down syndrome.
On June 4, 2008, the Five Star World Class Customer Service Awards banquet, which recognizes organizations that demonstrate exceptional customer service, was held at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven. Hattie Larlham CEO Dennis Allen was at the event and accepted the award on behalf Hattie Larlham.
This Program honors small businesses located in Summit, Medina, Portage, Wayne, Ashland and Holmes counties that have prominently increased sales or employment throughout the past five years. In 2007, Cascade Capital Corporation recognized Hattie Larlham as a local organization that exceeded the award’s requirements.
Dennis Allen, CEO of Hattie Larlham, was announced as a finalist for the annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. In 18 years as the chief executive officer at Hattie Larlham, Allen has increased the number of people with disabilities who receive services from 180 to more than 1,400. During Allen's tenure as CEO, Hattie Larlham has grown to include Hattie's Café & Gifts and Constant Companions.
In 2007, Summit County’s Goodwill Industries selected Angie Stricker, an 18-year Hattie Larlham employee, for its Employee of Distinction award. Angie won the award for her outstanding work ethic and motivation.
Hattie Larlham CEO Dennis Allen received an IDEA Award for his commitment to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Allen is responsible for creating new programs at Hattie Larlham like Hattie’s Café & Gifts and Constant Companions Doggie Day Care & Boarding. These programs create jobs and job training that were previously unobtainable to people with disabilities.
Hattie Larlham CEO Dennis Allen was recognized by Leadership Ohio for his leadership and entrepreneurship. Under Allen's direction, Hattie Larlham opened Hattie’s Café & Gifts and Constant Companions Doggie Day Care and Boarding, two new programs developed to create jobs for people with disabilities. Leadership Ohio is an educational organization developed for emerging leaders to learn about and discuss key issues impacting the future of Ohio.
Hattie Larlham won two Ohio Public Images awards for its Web site and annual report. The Ohio Public Images awards recognize organizations that advocate and create awareness for people with disabilities.
In the summer 2007, Joe Crea, a Plain Dealer food editor, sampled milkshakes from around Northeast Ohio in search of the area’s best. Crea rated the Hudson, Ohio, Hattie’s Café & Gifts chocolate-peanut butter shake as one of the best in Northeast Ohio. “I couldn’t (OK, wouldn’t) put it down,” Crea said of the shake.
Smart Business magazine announced Dennis Allen, Hattie Larlham CEO, an Innovation in Business award winner. Allen was selected as a 2007 visionary. The award celebrates innovative business leaders. Allen was selected for the award because of the development of programs like Hattie’s Café & Gifts and Constant Companions Doggie Day Care & Boarding, which provide real-world training and experience to people with disabilities.
The MarCom Creative Awards named Hattie Larlham a 2006 Gold Award winner for its new website. The second generation Hattie Larlham replaced the original website in the early summer of 2006 as a way promote and celebrate the organization's 45 anniversary.
In 2006, the Employer’s Resource Council (ERC) ranked Hattie Larlham among the 99 best places to work in Northeast Ohio. This distinction makes Hattie Larlham one of less than 300 companies to win this award. As a NorthCoast 99 organization, Hattie Larlham is in good company. Previous NorthCoast 99 winners include area companies recognized as Fortune 100 Best Places to Work and Working Mothers 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers. The winners are also showcased in the September 2006 issue of Inside Business Magazine. Thanks to everyone who made this milestone possible.
Hattie Larlham received five Ohio Public Images (OPI) awards in recognition of its work to promote awareness of developmental disabilities. Hattie Larlham was recognized for its marketing efforts, Web site design, public services announcements and its calendar that included art created by people with disabilities.
The OPIs were created in conjunction with Ohio Public Images, Inc. and the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council to show support for organizations that advocate and create awareness for people with disabilities. Read the story from the 2007 Ohio Public Images award luncheon.
Sometimes not being recognized is the best kind of recognition. In 2006, three Hattie Larlham community homes received no citations when Medicaid reviewed them. Given the rigorous standards that govern facilities like these, this is quite an accomplishment. As further testament to the dedication of the employees at these facilities, one of the three homes also received no Medicaid citations in 2005.
Graphic Design USA named Hattie Larlham a 2005 American Graphic Design Award winner for the logo design and identification package for Constant Companions, a Hattie Larlham animal therapy program based in Cincinnati. The new Constant Companions identity package included a logo, tagline, letterhead, envelope, business card, banner display stand, brochure and publication materials.
Award winners were selected by a nationwide panel of judges from a variety of national magazines and design firms. Only 10 percent of the entries were honored.
In 2005 Ohio Public Images, Inc. (OPI) and the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council awarded Hattie Larlham five Media and Awareness Awards for its effort to create a greater understanding of people with developmental disabilities . Hattie Larlham received two Awards of Excellence in the categories of Audio-Visual Production and Annual Report and won an Award of Merit in the Web site category.
The annual Media and Awareness Awards, sponsored by OPI and the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, are designed to honor individuals and organizations throughout Ohio who promote positive awareness of people with developmental disabilities. Judges consider entries for organization, technical quality, clarity, overall impact and the entry’s contribution to increasing the understanding of developmental disabilities.
MarCom Creative Awards named Hattie Larlham a 2004 gold finalist for the marketing and promotional material related to the feature garden exhibit at the 2004 National City Cleveland Home and Garden Show. The feature garden played off the show theme, “There’s No Place Like Home!’ A Tribute to the Wizard of Oz.
To relate the work done for children and adults with developmental disabilities, Hattie Larlham’s feature garden focused on the film’s central theme of self-discovery by updating the journey of the four main characters—the Tin Man (heart), the Cowardly Lion (courage), the Scarecrow (mind) and Dorothy (home).
The MarCom Creative Awards is an international awards program that recognizes achievement by marketing and communications practitioners. In the 2004 competition, Hattie Larlham was among 3,344 entries from throughout the United States and several foreign countries.