Pat Willis began at Reno County Youth Services in 1995 and on Friday she will retire as the Shift Supervisor after 28 years. RCYS staff, friends, former co-workers and family members helped her celebrate her retirement Wednesday.
A statement read by Assistant Director Joe Hammeke during Pat Willis' retirement party Wednesday afternoon at Reno County Youth Services.
Congratulations Pat Willis for 28 years of service at Reno County Youth Services. It's hard to argue that anyone has worked as hard as you have worked collectively over those 28 years, maintaining the stamina, resilience, and dedication you demonstrate every shift. We wish you the best in your retirement but will miss your hard work, leadership, and friendship. You are truly appreciated.
Pat started her career with RCYS in a standby position on January 5th, 1995. Three short weeks later, she took the second shift position as a Youth Care staff on January 27th. Pat held this position until June 4th, 1997, when she moved to first shift in the shelter. She held this position until August 1st, 2005, when she was promoted to 2nd shift supervisor and shelter. For the next 15 years, she would remain as the supervisor on that shift, providing invaluable consistency and structure within that shift. Pat made one final move within the shelter when she became the first shift supervisor, a position she held unto her retirement, which we are all here to celebrate today.
She cares for the youth as though they are her own, holding them accountable when necessary and supporting them through the ups and downs they experience. Because of that she has often had to bear the brunt of their frustrations, but she's the first one they want to go to when they need something. Pat has always ensured holidays and special occasions are celebrated with specially planned activities or meals, decorations, and activities for the youth so that they can share in those occasions as well. Many RCYS staff have been taught, coached, and molded directly by Pat, as well as through the example she has set. Pat, your career has been a model for all of us to follow, and we are so grateful for your years of service to Renee Reno County Youth Services. Cheers to your next adventure! May your retirement be full of joy, good health, and adventure.