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Special Tree Awards Healthcare Scholarships to Local Graduating Seniors

Special Tree is excited to announce the recipients of their Healthcare and Rehabilitation Scholarship for 2019.  Each of the 13 recipients was awarded a $1000 scholarship to pursue their education in a health-related field.

This year, Special Tree awarded cash scholarships totaling $13,000 to high school graduating seniors from Michigan school districts in communities where Special Tree has a rehabilitation facility. Since 1995, Special Tree has contributed $150,000 to 175 Michigan students as part of their annual scholarship program.

Students receiving Special Tree’s 2019 Healthcare and Rehabilitation Scholarships are:

Downriver Area

Special Tree named Top Work Place for 8th year straight

Special Tree has been named one of the top places to work in Michigan for the 8th year in a row! We first achieved Top Workplace status as part of the "Mid-Size" category in 2010, and are honored to have earned recognition each year, continuing to achieve Top Workplace status even as we moved into the "Large Company" category in 2014 where we have remained since. 

Special Tree Named a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press

Special Tree is proud to be named a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for the seventh straight year.  Special Tree was ranked #24 for Top Employers in the Large-Sized category. The Top Workplaces are based on employee feedback via a survey conducted by Workplace Dynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement.   The survey seeks to find if employees feel inspired in their workplace, and if they are given the opportunity and support needed to do great things. 

Go Team! Special Tree Earns Fifth Top Workplace Award

For the fifth straight year, Special Tree has earned a spot on the Top Workplaces list compiled by the Detroit Free Press.  We’re delighted with our #20 ranking in the large-sized business category, our first year in this category, which also included well-known companies such as Quicken Loans, Plante Moran, Kelly Services, Dominos Pizza, and more. The list recognizes 100 employers in the region whose workers completed an independent survey about their level of satisfaction in the workplace, including pay and benefits, advancement opportunities, flexibility of schedules and other advantages.   

“It’s truly an honor that our staff thought us deserving of this recognition,” said Kate McClain, Special Tree’s Director of Workforce Engagement.  “It reinforces our efforts to create an environment where people give their very best and feel their work is important and valuable."

Here’s what some of our staff had to say on the survey about working at Special Tree:

Detroit Free Press Names Special Tree a Top Workplace for Fourth Consecutive Year

Special Tree has again been named one of the best places to work in Michigan by the Detroit Free Press on their annual Top Workplaces list.   

Giving Back

The team at Special Tree is proud to help support our local communities.  To help schools in the local community, Riverview Residential Program Manager Debbie Justice and client Adam dropped off two backpacks full of donated school supplies to Riverview School District’s Huntington Elementary and Seitz Middle School.  Debbie and Adam even ran into an old Riverview neighbor who works in the middle school office!  The schools’ principals were very grateful for the donation and Debbie plans to stay in touch with both schools to help support students throughout the year.  A special thanks to Riverview Rehabilitation Service Technician, Darlene McCellen who donated a portion of the school supplies.

TBI Awareness Day At Ann Visger Elementary

“This is awesome!”  That’s how one elementary student summed up the Brain Injury Awareness Day that Special Tree organized for 300 students at Ann Visger Elementary in River Rouge on March 29 in honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month.  Speech Language Pathologists Lauren G. (NCC), Sara K. (Troy), Mary Lynn C. (NCC Intern), Vocational Coordinator Sara L., Day Treatment Services Team Member Danielle C., client James P, and Joe R., planned a full day of activities in the school’s new library just one month after its grand opening on Leap Day. 

A Call to All

Special Tree is Bringing a River Rouge Elementary School Library Back to Life for Leap Day and hopes to encourage others to make a difference on February 29th.

Children at Ann Visger Preparatory Academy in River Rouge, MI, will have something more to celebrate on Leap Day when the doors to their newly renovated media center officially open, after closing for more than a decade.

We Did It Again!

Special Tree is thrilled to once again be named a Top Workplace in Michigan by the Detroit Free Press.

Special Tree Named Among Best Places to Work in Michigan

Special Tree is thrilled to be named one of the Top Workplaces in Michigan by the Detroit Free Press and was among 105 Michigan-based companies and organizations that were honored at a celebration breakfast held at Laurel Park Manor on November 11, 2010. “You’re an example of what’s right in Michigan’s workplaces,” said speaker Paul Anger, Detroit Free Press Editor and Publisher.