employee and volunteer Naomi Neuberger was recently awarded the President’s
Volunteer Service Award – Bronze Level – recognizing citizens who live a life of service through
presidential gratitude and national recognition.
Naomi received the award by giving over 100 hours of her
time over the past several years to help people supported by Bethesda.
Working with her congregation, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
in Watertown, Wis., Naomi was a key partner for Bethesda’s production of Night
to Shine, a prom for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
For two years, Naomi planned and coordinated all of the volunteers for a pre-prom
formal wear event in which prom-goers could get outfitted for the dance. The
event was hosted at Good Shepherd where she also mobilized congregants and
friends to bake cookies and volunteer at Night to Shine.
In addition to supporting Night to Shine, Naomi and Pastor David
Groth, who is also a great supporter of Bethesda, have been instrumental in
motivating the congregation at Good Shepherd with local needs. Naomi knows all
of the people supported by Bethesda in the area, having served them
professionally as a Bethesda employee for over 25 years.
Naomi continues to advocate for many people supported by Bethesda as a case manager for Care Wisconsin. She’s also heavily involved in the Lutheran Women’s Mission League and helps people supported by Bethesda feel welcome at church. Along with the ultimate honor of presidential recognition, Naomi received a personalized certificate, an official pin and a congratulatory letter from the president of the United States.