Community Champions

Josef Kahr Direct Support Professional, REM Ohio
Grant Recipient, Vineyard Community Church

Joesef Kahr plays an integral role in the success of REM Ohio’s “Seeds of Change” program, which provides job training and volunteer opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities served by REM Ohio’s Cincinnati location. Joe works with local organizations to identify volunteer opportunities in the community that allow individuals served by REM to enhance their motor skills, hand-eye coordination, self-confidence and the chance to develop job experience working in real-life environments. Joe has dedicated 6 years toward enhancing the program through the creative and strategic development of community partnerships, and the Seeds of Change program has truly flourished under his direction.

A little over a year ago, Joe helped implement a Seeds of Change program in collaboration with Vineyard Community Church in Cincinnati, OH. Every Wednesday, Joe takes a team of individuals from REM Ohio over to Vineyard Church to participate in a variety of volunteer tasks. Joe’s team helps wherever they’re needed most that day—spreading wood chips, cutting branches, cleaning and performing janitorial work, and helping prepare meals are just a few examples of the duties his team takes on.

Vineyard Community Church will receive a $500 grant from The Foundation in honor of Josef’s volunteer spirit and hard work.