ResCare Residential Services produces merchandise for Special Olympics athletes

Program Manager for Vocational Services Creston “C.C.” Capps works with program participant, Cora Armstrong, on the creation of a new hand-crafted pen.

Program Manager for Vocational Services Creston “C.C.” Capps works with program participant, Cora Armstrong, on the creation of a new hand-crafted pen.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (February 14, 2014) — Special Olympics offers awards and other special merchandise to its athletes through a partnership with MTM Recognition Company, one of the nation’s largest awards suppliers. What makes some of the merchandise in their catalog even more ‘special’ is that folks from ResCare Residential Services Greenstar Workshop produce the hand-crafted pens.

The Greenstar Workshop provides vocational supports and services to individuals who are seeking independence through employment and earning their own paycheck.

ResCare Residential Services in Oklahoma City first partnered with MTM Recognition Corporation in 2013 when they were contracted to produce 150,000 medals for Special Olympic athletes. This year, individuals from ResCare Residential Services are creating hand-crafted writing utensils.

The pens are available in 15 different styles and are made from materials such as wood, deer horns, bone and acrylic. The shop also produces other gift items such as key chains, men’s brush and razor kits, kaleidoscopes, custom dart sets and wine stoppers that they offer for sale in the community. Their goal is to produce a new product every quarter.

Hand-crafted pens produced by ResCare Residential Services Greenstar Workshop are offered in the Special Olympics Awards and Merchandise catalog.

Hand-crafted pens produced by ResCare Residential Services Greenstar Workshop are offered in the Special Olympics Awards and Merchandise catalog.

Vocational Director Creston “C.C.” Capps dreamed up the Pen Shop and is the current leader of production. Mr. Capps hopes that participants can also use their production and sales experience to secure jobs in their community.

“The level of pride exhibited by the individuals completing a pen is remarkable,” Mr. Capps said. “Each completed pen is as exciting as the first, which underscores the importance of the program. Program participants receive wages for their work. Their joy, pride and sense of independence and accomplishment exemplify the ResCare mission statement.”

Executive Director Thomas Williams is excited about the work being done through the Greenstar Workshop.

“I am thankful for the work of the vocational trainers, and even more thankful for the participants in the program,” Mr. Williams said. “We work hard every day to promote independence for those we serve.”

When asking Mr. Capps what sets these pens apart from your ordinary pens, he will tell you, “We make these pens because we are in the people business, not the pen business.”

Pens can be made from materials such as acrylic, wood, bone and deer horns. Program participants can make anywhere between five to fifty pens in a day.

Pens can be made from materials such as acrylic, wood, bone and deer horns. Program participants can make anywhere between five to fifty pens in a day.

You can see the handcrafted pens on page 11 of the Special Olympics Awards and Merchandise catalog.

Author : Moriah Dietrich