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Matt Reifschneider Receives Wolff Care Giving Award


Matt Reifschneider, Programs Coordinator in Village Shalom’s Weinberg Health Center, has received the organization’s 12th Joseph and Eleanor Wolff Care Giving Award.


Attending the presentation of Village Shalom’s Joseph and Eleanor Wolff Care Giving Award are (from left), Rod Minkin, Board of Directors chairman; Matt Reifschneider, award recipient; Matthew Lewis, president and CEO.

Tami Middleton, Director of Human Resources for Village Shalom, introduced the presentation before a gathering of staff and residents. She thanked the Wolff family for making the award possible.

“Eleanor Wolff was a Village Shalom skilled-nursing resident for six years,” she explained. “Her sons were so pleased with the extraordinary kindness and care their mother received that, after her passing in December 2006, they established this award to show their appreciation to the employees who touch the lives of the residents in our skilled-nursing areas. It represents excellence in care – being welcoming, inviting, caring and kind.”

The award is to be presented twice annually for a total of 25 years. Candidates for the Wolff Award are nominated by Village Shalom residents and their family members, as well as by co-workers. Reifschneider was selected for the honor from a field of 13 nominees.

Reifschneider joined the Village Shalom staff in September 2011 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare from the University of Kansas. Prior to graduation, he worked for six months as an intern in Village Shalom’s Admissions Department, becoming familiar with the residents, staff and organization. He was eager to accept a position in the Programs Department when the opportunity arose, and he found that the responsibilities in that area draw upon the training he received.

“I use a lot of the skills I learned in Social Welfare,” Reifschneider said. “There’s a lot of one-on-one interaction” in planning and overseeing programs and activities for residents.

Several of the residents and family members who nominated Reifschneider for the award mentioned that he “lives the mission” of Village Shalom with his caring demeanor and extraordinary dedication to enhancing the lives of residents.

As a Wolff Award honoree, Reifschneider received a monetary gift of $750 and an engraved acrylic plaque. His name will be added to a permanent display of Wolff Care Giving Award winners.