Ricky Brennan Receives Caring Community Award

This year, the award was given to a very surprised Ricky Brennan, a resident of the Rose House. Ricky was invited to a “dinner” by his father, Tim, and had no idea that he was joining over 100 community leaders for the evening of awards.Fred Nystrom, the Executive Director of LEO, in his introduction of Ricky said in part:

“Ricky is an active Aktion Club member with the Kiwanis and has worked for the past 16 years at the Issaquah Costco Warehouse. And by the way, for you employers looking for faithful employees, Ricky has never missed a day of work in all that time. One of the things Ricky enjoys doing is helping the Kiwanis Club set up their food stand for the Concerts on the Green. He is described by the Kiwanians as getting things done quickly and correctly. He has also volunteered on many other fundraisers. 

Ricky is proof that we each have the capacity to give back to our community and by doing so, we help to improve the quality of life for everyone.” 

Well done, Ricky! We are so proud to have you in the LEO family.

Searing Sibs Go to Washington

Wil Searing has autism and lives in an adult family home owned by the LEO organization in Issaquah, so he brings a first person perspective of many federal programs that affect his everyday life including housing, employment opportunities, and federal benefit programs. Katie Searing is a disability law attorney in Seattle practicing with the Dussault Law Group. She represents a wide variety of clients affected by disabilities and federal programs.The Seminar is a three-day event with two days of lectures and panel discussions, and one day dedicated to “Hill visits.” Katie and Wil met with all of the Congressional delegates representing Issaquah on the federal level: Representative Dave Reichert, Senator Patty Murray, and Senator Maria Cantwell. Wil, with help from Katie, explained the importance of adult family homes in the community, employment opportunities and assistance, and educational opportunities and accommodations for individuals with disabilities.  Representative Dave Reichert, who has previously visited Wil’s adult family home, agreed that education is critically important to our society. He also let Wil sit in his chair and pick up his phone. Representative Reichert let Wil know that he has talked to the President on that phone. He asked Wil what he would say to the President. Wil promptly responded with, “You rock, Obama!”

The Seminar was a great opportunity for the Searing siblings to learn about disability policy issues and how to advocate for themselves and others in the community. Wil invited Representative Reichert, Senator Cantwell, and Senator Murray and their staff to the LEO houses to learn more about his home and how they can help the disability community back at home from Washington D.C.