STAFF HIGHLIGHT: RICHARD “DICK” LUNDEEN

Dick Lundeen has retired after 35 years of working as a Therapist for Red Top Meadows. Over the course of 35 years Dick counseled well over two hundred and fifty young men and boys. Dick had a unique ability to connect with even the most challenging of young men.  Dick was passionate about serving our population,     Wyoming kids who need some guidance toward living a healthier life, and being safe, contributing members of society. During his years at RTM, Dick remained very strong in his conviction of the power and effectiveness of the Red Top approach.  This approach entails caring and trusting relationships, physical activity, individual and family therapy, gaining knowledge, and wilderness experience. Dick also served as a mentor and teacher to several decades of Red Top staff.  He was always willing to take the time to talk with young staff about how to work with kids, and how to take care of themselves while doing this challenging work.  In the course of this mentorship Dick formed many lifelong friendships and had a profound effect on the lives of many people.  Dick has given so much of his energy, spirit, and wisdom to Red Top Meadows; the kids, the staff, the facility have all benefited enormously by having Dick as a member of the community.  It has been less than two months since he retired, and his presence is missed daily.  We will continue on at Red Top, helping kids to become healthier, and we will carry on the traditions and work that Dick leaves behind after his many years of service.

THANK YOU DICK!

 

Red Top Meadows Teams up with Department of Vocational Rehabilitation

Armed with freshly printed resumes, prepared for potential interview questions, and excited to ask employers questions of their own, the students of Red Top Meadows recently took part in mock interviews with real employers from local businesses. Avery Bedford, a teacher from the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, along with Jamie Lasden, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, worked with the teaching staff at Red Top Meadows to organize a career exploration course. The resulting course was an engaging, relevant, and comprehensive tour of finding, obtaining, and continuing employment. The course started in November and culminated with the mock interviews the last week of January. Students spent time deciding what careers and potential after school jobs would be right for them. They filled out job applications, developed resumes, found appropriate jobs, discovered who to contact for employment, and learned how to present well to employers. Prior to the mock interviews, the students took a field trip to meet with local employers and discover some potential jobs within the valley. Additionally, Avery worked individually with our high school aged students to identify goals and resources for the future. Since beginning to work with Avery, one of our students has secured a consistent volunteer position with the Animal Adoption Center. That volunteer work is providing priceless on-the-job experience. While Avery’s work with the school has wrapped up for now, she continues to work with individual high school students and fosters career and employment awareness as well as future planning.