Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for May to Jacquelyn Eden, an Aging Specialist in the Aging Partners Division of the Mayor's Office. The award will be presented at 3 p.m. at the beginning of the City Council meeting at the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
Eden was nominated in the categories of customer relations and productivity by her supervisor, Barbara Straus, for her success with the Congregate Housing Service Program Grant. The grant program is a project of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in partnership with the Lincoln Housing Authority (LHA). The grant provides services and support to allow residents of senior housing to "age in place." Eden has served as the Resident Services Counselor at Mahoney Manor, a 120-unit senior housing complex owned and operated by LHA.
In 2015, Leadership Link awarded the program team the "Outstanding Teamwork Award" in honor of the 20th anniversary of the grant project. Straus said Eden has been instrumental in the program's success, helping elderly and disabled residents receive the services they need to remain safe and independent in their homes. This includes working with them to apply for financial and other benefits.
Straus said Eden sorts through many problems and concerns with a high degree of compassion and creativity. She said Eden has "a friendly personality, positive attitude, calm presence, clarity of thought, creativity, commitment to her work and the continuing drive to grow and expand her skills and knowledge." Eden attends many workshops and has been certified as a Senior Health Insurance Information Program volunteer and as an Information and Referral Specialist for Aging by the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems. During the recent open enrollment period for the Medicare Prescription Drug plan insurance, Eden reviewed residents' plans to see if they could save money by changing plans. According to the Nebraska Senior Health Insurance Information Program, Eden saved the residents close to $198,000.
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are safety, valor and loss prevention. Consideration also may be given to nominations that demonstrate self-initiated accomplishments or those completed outside of the nominee's job description.
All City employees are eligible for the award except for elected and appointed officials. Individuals or teams can be nominated by supervisors, peers, subordinates and the general public. Nomination forms are available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: hr) or from department heads, employee bulletin boards or the Human Resources Department, which oversees the awards program.
All nominations are considered by the Mayor's Award of Excellence Committee, which includes a representative with each union and a non-union representative appointed by the Mayor. Award winners receive a $50 gift certificate, a day off with pay and a plaque. All monthly winners and nominees are eligible to receive the annual award, which comes with a $250 gift certificate, two days off with pay and a plaque.