Wendy's, 523 W. 23rd St., received the Employer of the Year Award from Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center during an annual awards ceremony Friday for the center's Supported Employment Program. Accepting the award was Sandy Summers, store manager.
Andy Conboy, who works at Dillons, 1015 W. 23rd St., received the program's Employee of the Year Award.
Other honorees Friday included University Book Shop, 1116 W. 23rd St., which was a finalist for Employer of the Year; one of the store's employees, John Schmidt, received the program's Reliability Award.
Janet Kurtz, an employee at Baker University, received the Persistence Award. Also receiving the annual Friendly Award was Wendy's employee Willard Beers.
Hilary Brown, owner of Local Burger, was recognized for her ongoing support of the program, which locates work and provides employer support for Bert Nash consumers who are re-entering the workplace after recovering from a mental illness.