Henry, IL, Mar 16, 2011 -- Contact: Penny Hexdall (815)433-0551 x 4
Henry Homes Manager Honored by USDA Rural Development
Henry, Ill., March 16, 2011—Carol Bogner was honored Wednesday by residents, board members and guests of Henry Home Association for being named Site Manager of the Year by USDA Rural Development-Illinois. Bogner has managed Henry Homes Association’s 24 apartment complex in Henry for the past 15 years. The Association provides independent living facilities for senior citizens of limited income who come primarily from Henry, Marshall and Putnam counties.
Rural Development’s State Director Colleen Callahan was on hand to congratulate Bogner and present her with a plant. “As this plant is watered and cared for, I hope it will be a daily reminder of the loving care Carol provides all the residents living in Henry Homes.”
Callahan previously presented Bogner with a plaque to acknowledge her selection as the top Site Manager for senior citizen housing. That presentation was made in October during the statewide meeting of the Illinois Rural Rental Housing Association. Her selection was supported by Penny Hexdall, Rural Development area specialist who works with multi-family housing projects in Northeastern Illinois.
Rural Development works with developers and management companies to ensure that affordable rental housing is available for people with modest incomes in rural areas. Each year Rural Development recognizes an outstanding manager for senior and for family housing. The federal agency finances more than 600 multi-family complexes in Illinois. Rural Development offers low interest loans with attractive terms to public and private organizations to ensure that affordable housing is available in smaller communities for seniors, families and people with disabilities.
Kenneth Williamson, president of the board of directors of the Henry Home Association, nominated Bogner for the award.
She was cited for the outstanding way she consistently performs her job, even while looking for ways to better meet the challenges of managing the 24 units in 12 duplexes buildings. She has kept the board well informed on government rules and procedures, helping them to adopt good policies and practices.
“Over the years, the board of directors has had strong confidence in Carol’s knowledge and understanding of these regulations so that our housing project can be legally compliant and financially well-managed,” Williamson said in his nomination of Bogner.
“Carol’s good competency and managerial skills are well evident in the performance of her job. But what really sets her apart as an outstanding manager is her positive attitude and gracious spirit,” Williamson said. “The relationship between Carol and tenants is based on mutual respect and friendliness.”
Tenant comments included testaments to her fairness, attentiveness to needs, willingness to listen and solve problems, and good-heartedness. One tenant summed up what many said, “Carol truly makes us feel that we are part of a small community here at Henry Homes. You can count on her being friendly and fair to everybody here.”
Rural Development’s programs help to foster growth and economic stability in rural areas by providing affordable financing and technical assistance for homeownership, business development, community needs and technology infrastructure. More information on USDA Rural Development is available on the web at www.rurdev.usda.gov/il. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.