Employee of the Month – Lacey Weigle
Get to know Lacey Q&A
What’s your role at The Arc of Gibson County?
I have been with The Arc for nearly 6 years. I’ve worked in many different areas. I currently work in the accounting department doing AP bookkeeping for Gibson and Pike County. I also work with the Waiver Department doing the consumer billing.
What brought you to The Arc of Gibson County?
I started off working as a preschool teacher at Building Blocks Day Care Center. When it closed, I wanted to stay working with The Arc of Gibson County. I ended up working as the Habilitation Trainer for the Work Center three days a week and worked in the business office as a bookkeeper two days a week. I was asked to work full time as a bookkeeper in July of 2018.
What do you like most about your job?
Being able to see the consumers come in during craft class every Thursday and them stopping in just to say “hi”.
Who’s your role model?
My grandmother. She is a strong and independent woman. At 83 she still gets around, goes to craft shows, festivals, berry picking, takes out of state vacations, and seems like nothing can stop her from doing what she loves and wants to do.
What’s one thing not many people know about you?
I like to go hunting.
What’s your favorite thing about working at The Arc of Gibson County?
We are able to learn something new every day.
What have you gained from working at The Arc of Gibson County?
Those with Intellectual Disabilities are just like anyone else. They want to learn, to work, and to go shopping. I’ve gained the knowledge that the consumers want to be treated like anyone else and if you do that, then your able to look past the disability and see the true person they really are.
What are 3 words you’d use to describe The Arc of Gibson County?
Family, Proactive, and Hard Working
What’s your favorite memory from The Arc of Gibson County?
Volunteering at the United Way Day of Caring. We were at The Boys Club cleaning with consumers from the Work Center and Life Skills. At one point one consumer noticed the American Flag hanging up in the gym. He stopped cleaning, put his hand over his heart and started saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Then every single consumer who was cleaning stopped what they were doing, held their hand over their heart, and said the Pledge of Allegiance along with him. It was very emotional and moving to see this.
Any advice for current / new staff?
Have patience, don’t get discouraged the first day on the job, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. A little patience and support from others really does go a long way.