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NERC Selects 2017 Volunteer of the Year

NERC Selects 2017 Volunteer of the Year

Ms. Nereida Diaz of HUMADAOP Cleveland was honored by Warden Brande Harris and Volunteer Coordinator Jeff Bertram at the NERC Annual Volunteer Recognition Meeting as the NERC Volunteer of the Year. In addition to receiving Volunteer of the Year Award, Ms. Diaz was presented with a DRC Impact Award on behalf of Director Gary Mohr.  Ms. Diaz has been a dedicated volunteer for NERC for 25 years. She has brought inspiration to the ladies of this community for many years through Hispanic UMADAOP. She has recently retired after working with Hispanic Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Program, Inc for 47 years. At NERC but her presence is surely missed by all she was connected with. The Hispanic UMADAOP program she facilitated was always filled and had an extensive waiting list even upon her exit from the institution. To date, the residents are still waiting for someone to replace her and bring the program back into the institution with the hopes that it will be as comparable as when Ms. Diaz facilitated it. In addition to all the work she committed to through her class curriculum, she also was instrumental in the Hispanic Family Night Events hosted by Unit Manager Alex Figueiredo. Ms. Diaz has a habit of always greeting those she encounters with a smile and a pleasant aura. She is an educator of Hispanic culture and never misses an opportunity to elevate and nurture.  The volunteers in attendance heard remarks from the Warden, OSC Volunteer Coordinator Angelia Cleveland, who presented each Volunteer with a Thank You letter signed by the Director, and the keynote address was delivered by Chaplain Jill “Suddenly” Sullivan on the importance of giving. 

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