2021 George W. (Bill) Fairweather Innovation Award
A Post by John K. Trepp
Perham 180, in Perham, Minnesota was created in 2018, using Fairweather and CCL principles, to assist folks struggling with housing, employment and recovery. Many Perham 180 residents have poor work histories – not the type of folks most employers are willing to hire. But Darrin and Aimie took the time to meet with, and more importantly, to listen to the Perham 180 residents, to see past their previous struggles, and to recognize their potential as employees. This led to Kit Master & Swan Machine "relaxing" some of their hiring standards and becoming more flexible regarding scheduled hours, e.g., not immediately requiring 40 hours per week from people who had been out of the workforce. And even when some have struggled after beginning their employment, Kit Master & Swan Machine has shown extraordinary understanding, empathy, and encouragement.
CCL's R.E.A.L John Trepp (right) and Perham 180's Hannah Fredrickson (in pink) present the 2021 GEORGE W. (BILL) FAIRWEATHER INNOVATION AWARD to President Darrin Swanson and HR Director Aimie Hallberg (center) of Kit Master & Swan Machine. (Also pictured are some of the Perham 180 residents employed by Kit Master & Swan.)