Stryker’s Quadco Addresses Significant Financial Issues


WmsCoBdTourNWPJul1414 WEBMembers of Quadco Rehabilitation Center’s Administrative and Non-Profit Boards heard the yearly audit results at their regular meeting on Tuesday (July 22).

Jim Rensi from the Certified Public Accounting firm of Luderman and Konst in Defiance said, “It’s a clean opinion, an unqualified report.”

In his report, Mr. Rensi noted that the center has had a couple of challenging financial years back-to-back where they have had to use much of their reserved resources.

But he also mentioned that it has been nine months since the end of the fiscal year that was covered by the audit, and in those nine months he has seen a significant drop in losses at the center after expenses were cut by reducing staff and insurance costs.

Even so, Bruce Abell, Quadco executive director, said the center needs to continue addressing the situation. For instance, he noted that there are training programs where there are small groups of individuals. It requires having a staff trainer working with one or two people.

However, he noted that the fee the center is receiving for the training of those individuals is the same as those in a much larger group of people.

He said when they add in the wages for the trainer and the wages being paid to the persons for working in the small groups, the center is losing money.

By taking steps to address situations such as that and further reducing expenses, Mr. Abell is optimistic about the financial future of the center.

Members of the Williams County Board of Developmental Disabilities toured QRC last week, according to Bill Priest, director of marketing.

He said the DD board members saw the work done by the Art Club and learned about the bird collage that had been displayed at the Parkview Physician’s Group in Bryan recently. The painting was included with other artwork done by members of the Black Swamp Art Guild and sold within a short time.

The board members looked over the Senior Activities Center that had been decorated as an aquarium and met some of the people who participate in the program. They learned they were an active group, working on all kinds of arts projects, going on field trips, to garage sales and shopping, and participating in programs with other senior groups in the area.

They saw the garden, the raised garden bed and the flowers decorating the rear entrance to QRC that are being grown by members of QRC’s Garden Club.

The group stopped for lunch at QRC’s SUBWAY Restaurant and Mama DeLuca’s Pizza Now! in Stryker. They took a tour after lunch watching people preparing pizza sauce and getting bread ready for sub sandwiches. They heard from Manager Sharon von Seggern how people have used their training to obtain jobs in the community and apply the principles and skills they learned.

After lunch, Mr. Priest said the group went to Northwest Products and watched as people worked at a variety of jobs. Program Director Philip Zuver showed the board members through the plant and also reminded them of the individuals from QRC who go to work at the community transitional worksite at Altenloh, Brinck & Co. in Bryan, also known as Trufast.

Mr. Priest said the QRC Cruise-in on July 11 went very well. He said there were over 40 classic cars, trucks, hot rods and other vehicles that came for the show that day.

He said the show attracted a number of people from the community as well as the people being served at QRC to look over the vehicles all parked in the Stryker School parking lot that afternoon. Many people posed for pictures taken with their favorite car, truck or hot rod.

He thanked the drivers and owners of the vehicles for taking their time to come and be a part of the event.

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