Alene Jolly is retiring from Tri-Valley Developmental Services after 40 years. Her last day is Friday, Feb. 12.
Through those years Jolly has done transportation of clients, worked at the service center, was a case manager, worked at residential services, and most currently, the program director in Fort Scott.
She has tried to provide individuals that receive services involvement in the community, “to add value to their lives and provide services, too.”
Tri-Valley empowers people with disabilities to realize their potential as full citizens in the community, by supporting them in working and living in the place they call home, according to the company’s website.
Currently, Tri-Valley in Fort Scott has close to 40 employees and 30 individuals they provide services to.
For Jolly, the best part of the job was seeing the individuals that she worked with having joy when they accomplished a task.
“It puts warm fuzzies in your heart,” she said.
Tri-Valley opened in 1975 and Jolly has been with the company since 1980. Through the years she has seen people’s attitudes change towards developmentally disabled in the community, she said.
“There is more acceptance, especially of the individuals having jobs in the community,” Jolly said.
Mary Davis, a former co-worker of 25 years, said of Jolly, “She is a very capable, intelligent, dedicated person. She can do about anything that needs doing.”
Jolly thinks it is time to start a new chapter in her life.
“I’m going to do a little this, a little that,” she said. “Travel, crafts, gardening…things I have put on the back burner.”