Community Champions

Mark Turbes Regional Director, REM Heartland
Grant Recipient, St. John Youth Ministry

The young people of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Mankato, Minnesota are learning the value of community service. Whether they’re raking leaves for the elderly in the community, or holding a Christmas party for the nearby nursing facility, the kids are learning how much the community benefits from their hard work. And they’re learning that Mark Turbes, Regional Director for REM Heartland, will be beside them every step of the way.

Just as the youth of St. John’s are lucky to have Mark at their side, so, too are the people served by REM Heartland. For the last 31 years—yes, 31—Mark has been a devoted REM employee, having joined the company in 1976 as site supervisor at one of REM Heartland’s group homes.

The St. John Youth Ministry Group will receive a $500 grant from The Foundation in honor of Mark’s volunteer spirit and hard work.