Graceworks News

Graceworks Honors Longtime Employees

Graceworks celebrates long-term employees at the annual Stoneburner awards dinner. The Stoneburner Award recognizes employees who have been with Graceworks ten years or longer. The award is named for Dr. Forrest Stoneburner, an executive director of our organization who held the position for 30 years, beginning in 1940.

In 2019, Graceworks recognized over 215 employees. Bethany Village maintenance employee Larry Leatherman earned a service award to mark his 45 years with the organization. He is the longest-serving employee at Graceworks.

For 45 years, Larry has watched Bethany grow and change. Early in his career, Larry lived in one of the original small houses on the Bethany property. In his first years at Bethany Village, there were no apartment communities and the cottage neighborhood was under construction, with only a few homes dotting the 100-acre landscape.

Graceworks is blessed with longevity among staff members. Diet technician Leslie Laramy has 44 years of dedicated service and maintenance specialist Jim Rost has 42 years. Both Leslie and Jim work at Bethany Village.

Across all programs, Graceworks has about 1,200 employees that make a measurable difference in the lives of hundreds of individuals each year.

Graceworks Wins Business Honors

Photo (L -R) Centerville Mayor Brooks Compton, Graceworks President/CEO Judy A. Budi, Economic Development Administrator Holly Christmann.

For Graceworks, 2019 was an exciting year. The City of Centerville named Graceworks the Large Business of the Year and the Dayton Business Journal gave Graceworks recognition as a Large Nonprofit of the Year honoree.

This was the first year Centerville bestowed the Large Business of the Year award. It honors Graceworks’ accomplishments including the successful completion and opening of Crescent Crossing Assisted Living at Bethany Village.

Centerville Mayor Brooks Compton discussed Graceworks and the organization’s positive economic and community impact on Centerville and the surrounding region. He explained how Graceworks aims to create stability in the lives of residents and clients. One of the main values of the City of Centerville is to foster community. Graceworks has three programs that operate directly in the city, the largest being the campus of Bethany Village.

Graceworks President & CEO Judy A. Budi accepted plaques from the City of Centerville and the Dayton Business Journal.


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