Powerhouse has been a committed partner and sponsor of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Dallas since 2017. “JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Their strength lies in their exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to end T1D.”
In this video is Reese, a JDRF Youth Ambassador who was diagnosed with T1D in November 2019 is thanking Powerhouse, her corporate sponsor. We’ve been happy to support this organization for the past 3 years. Watching Reese’s message brought tears to our eyes and reminds us why it’s so important to always be a helper.
Thank you, Reese, for your heartfelt message. We are more inspired than ever to #TurnType1intoTypeNone.
JDRF’s Vision sounds simple “a world without type 1 diabetes,” but their efforts are massive. “Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes both children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent it. At present, there is no cure.” JDRF has many advocacy and research efforts and a strong community with a mission to “improve lives today and tomorrow by accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.”
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In T1D, your pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone the body needs to get energy from food. This means a process your body does
However, insulin is not a cure for diabetes. Even with the most vigilant disease management, a significant portion of your day will be spent with either high or low blood-sugar levels. These fluctuations place people with T1D at risk for potentially life-threatening hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic episodes as well as devastating long-term complications such as kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, blindness and amputation. Learn more about T1D.naturally and automatically becomes something that now requires your daily attention and manual intervention. If you have T1D, you must constantly monitor your blood-sugar level, inject or infuse insulin through a pump, and carefully balance these insulin doses with your eating and activity throughout the day and night.
There are now more people than ever working from home. For those not included in the 7% of US workers who were working from home before COVID-19, I’m sure you’re learning that it can take some getting used to. It is important to take preventative steps in your home office setup to prevent common injuries and boost morale. Below are some Home Ergonomic Tips & Tricks that will help you stay healthy while working from your new home office. And remember if you have to go out in public, be sure to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Working From Home Ergonomic Tips & Tricks
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Working from home comes with its own set of challenges. If an employee finds themselves working from home for a prolonged period of time, it is especially important to take steps to prevent ergonomic injuries. Taking small steps can go a long way to injury prevention at home.
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Ergonomics is defined as the science of fitting a workspace to an individual’s needs. Ergonomics aims to increase efficiency and productivity while reducing discomfort and the likelihood of injury.
Many factors of ergonomics may be taken for granted in the workplace and be severely lacking in a home environment. For example, while at the office, you likely have access to a suitable desk and chair, but when you work from home, you might not have an ideal setup.
Poor ergonomics can lead to not only reduced employee efficiency, but also a number of health issues that may have long-lasting effects, including damage to muscles, nerves, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons. Musculoskeletal disorders can be caused by a wide variety of tasks, many of which may seem innocent, such as sitting with poor posture or having to bend or reach repeatedly.
In order to make your home a suitable work environment, there are a number of factors that you should consider for your workspace, including your:
- Chair—A sturdy chair that supports the curvature of the spine is ideal for working. Chairs should also allow for adjustments so that your feet can rest flat on the floor and your thighs are parallel to it. While typing, your arms should be parallel to the floor as well.
- Desk—Use a work surface, such as a desk or table, that has space underneath for your legs and feet. If a work surface is too low, adjust your chair accordingly. The situation may also be able to be corrected using sturdy supports to boost the legs of either the work surface or the chair. Cushion your wrists from the surface edge with padding or a wrist rest.
- Screen—Arrange your laptop or monitor screen directly in front of you and approximately an arm’s length away with the top of the screen at, or slightly below, eye level.
- Layout—Organize files and materials so that you don’t have to constantly bend and strain to reach them.
- Equipment—When using a keyboard and mouse, keep them on the same surface. Position your arms so that your hands are aligned with, or slightly below, your elbows. Make sure your wrists are straight and your upper arms stay close to your body. If you use the phone frequently, put it on speaker or use a headset in order to avoid having to cradle the phone between your head and shoulder.
In addition to arranging your workspace properly, you should also be aware of new risk factors that may be present. Be careful not to overload electrical outlets or create tripping hazards with power strips or extension cords running across the floor of your home.
Even while at the office, employees shouldn’t spend eight straight hours sitting at their desks. This applies to working at home as well. Take regular breaks to stand, stretch and move around a bit.
Working from home has its pros and cons. While your home may not be the ideal work environment, utilizing the strategies in this article can go a long way toward preventing unnecessary injuries.
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Dear Employees –
Powerhouse Foundation has established an emergency grant fund for Powerhouse employees who are facing financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
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||The fund is open to applications from individuals who were employed by Powerhouse as of March 15, 2020.
||Powerhouse Foundation is providing financial support for food assistance and emergency needs.
||Grants will be paid out from March 27th until funds are exhausted.
||To apply for a grant, you must complete the application by clicking the link above or below.
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Also be aware of the new stimulus package and what it means for you – click here to learn more.
Are you looking for counseling?
Let us introduce you to The Fountains Counseling Center. Reach out to them directly (INFO@TFFCOUNSELING.COM) or us (POWERHOUSEFOUNDATION@POWERHOUSENOW.COM) for an introduction.
Other possible resources for assistance:
- Community Storehouse – 817-431-3340 Keller ISD and NW ISD areas including Colleyville, Fort Worth, Haltom City, Haslet, Justin, NRH, Roanoke, Southlake, Watauga, Westlake, and all the city of Keller.
- Open Door Ministries
- Christian Community Assistance
- House of Hope – Crowley
- Harvest House – Burleson
- Community Enrichment Center, Inc. – 817-281-1164 – (76006, 76021, 76022, 76034, 76039, 76040, 76051, 76053, 76054, 76092, 76095, 76099, 76103, 76111, 76112, 76117, 76118, 76120, 76131, 76137, 76148, 76155, 76179, 76182, 76244, 76248, 76262, 76299.)
- Mission Arlington – 817-277-6620 – Arlington Area
- Salvation Army – 817-377-1800 – Tarrant County
- Community Action Partners Parks and Community Services – 817-871-5772
- Battered Women’s Foundation – 817-427-0720
- Christian Connection – 817-283-8746 – (76021, 76022, 76039, 76040)
- NEED – 817-280-0286 for East and 817-759-1506 for West
- Arlington Urban Ministries – 817-861-8585
- Allen Community Outreach – 972-727-9131
- Samaritan Inn/Collin County Care Center http://www.thesamaritaninn.org phone 972-542-5302
- Community Action Partners – 972-219-HELP
- Union Gospel Mission – 1321 East Lancaster Avenue | Fort Worth, TX 76102-6689 phone 817-339-2553
- Joseph Storehouse – 4605 Denton Highway, Haltom City, TX 76117 phone 877-441-7248 – firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any additional questions please contact Powerhouse Foundation first by emailing PowerhouseFoundation@powerhousenow.com then call our Executive Director at 936-522-7779 (please be sure to leave a voicemail if no answer). We will get back with you as quickly as possible.
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Get to know Powerhouse in Retail & Restaurant Facility Business’s January Edition in an interview with one of our Principal/Owners, Robert Blake-Ward.
We spend a great deal of time on our core: people, process and technology
Retail&Restaurant: Where are you based and how long has Powerhouse been in business?
Robert Blake-Ward, Powerhouse
Robert Blake-Ward: Our headquarters is in Crowley, Texas, about 30 minutes south of Fort Worth. Powerhouse was founded in 2004.
R&R: What is your title and how long have you been with the company?
Blake-Ward: I am a principal/owner of Powerhouse and have been so since 2011.
R&R: What trades/services do you offer retailers and restaurants?
Blake-Ward: Powerhouse specializes in Construction Services (remodels and refresh projects), Facility Maintenance (scheduled and reactive services, integrated program management, interior and exterior) and customized Rollouts (high volume, high velocity, high impact projects across thousands of locations nationwide).
R&R: In what regions of the country do you conduct most of your business, or are you nationwide?
Blake-Ward: We work in all 50 U.S. states. Although based in Texas, our work takes us all over the map.
R&R: What makes your company’s “signature service” stand out in the industry?
Blake-Ward: We spend a great deal of time on our core: people, process and technology. Our Infinity platform allows for real-time update as work progresses in the field. Our people drive the results with great training and accountability for their project’s success – customer-centric teams who create a great project result.
R&R: What kind of feedback do you receive from clients?
When a client calls with an issue, our people react quickly and efficiently.
Blake-Ward: We aim to make every client a “Raving Fan of Powerhouse.” We often get complimented on our sense of urgency, which is a key ingredient in our customer service and success. When a client calls with an issue, our people react quickly and efficiently. When we get a work order, a Powerhouse employee answers the phone and is dedicated to getting someone out to location within the business hours.
R&R: Why should owner/operators choose your company to be their next vendor partner?
Blake-Ward: We have the people, process and technology, as mentioned earlier, but we also have the resources. We pride ourselves not only on our client relationships, but also on our Powerhouse Partner relationships – relationships with our key vendors across the country. These are partnerships that have allowed us to have constant, national coverage for all our clients’ needs.
R&R: How many retail/restaurant clients do you have, and is that sector growing for you? Would you like to name any of your clients?
Blake-Ward: We have more than 80 distinct customers of various types and sizes. Retail and restaurant are just two of the eight industries Powerhouse focuses on and where we perform the majority of our work. Retail clients are what started Powerhouse, and we’ve maintained many of those initial clients throughout Powerhouse’s lifetime. As the industry itself is constantly changing and growing, so does Powerhouse and the opportunities we are given.
R&R: Many traditional retailers, in particular, are downsizing their portfolios. Overall, restaurant/hospitality is growing. What other trends are you seeing in the industry?
Blake-Ward: We continue to see a hyper-competitive market where operators need to differentiate – they are innovating both their brand offerings and how they deliver it, blending the ordering/pickup expereince to serve different customer needs. Operators need to execute these programs faster than ever and with fewer resources to manage – they lean on partners to help manage more of the communication and planning of their projects.
R&R: What is your advice for FM vendors reacting to this shifting climate?
Blake-Ward: Partner with your suppliers; you’ll get more value in return. Don’t be afraid to try a new approach you haven’t done before.
In case you missed it, see how our Senior Director of Operations of FM answers this question in her article with Retail & Restaurant Facility Business.
R&R: What predictions do you have – for your company, your industry or both – in 2020?
Blake-Ward: Continued growth, continued opportunities and continued challenges, for everyone in our industry.
They say the holidays bring everyone together, and if you stop through Crowley, TX during the holiday season, you’ll see how true it is for this community. Powerhouse’s inspiriation to help those in need during the holiday season comes from seeing other organizations in Crowley doing the same. Giving back to this community not only became a part of our vision to have a positive and lasting impact on people, but also a way to feel connected to our neighborhood.
This year, Powerhouse, with the help of every employee, was able to provide Angel Tree presents to 800 local kids. This effort could not have been possible without Crowley ISD’s support and organization. It also would not have been possible to wrap all of these gifts without the volunteered time from our employees and The Crowley Senior Center’s seniors. Each year, the number of Angel Tree families grows, but so does the word throughout the community, so we are never short of hands when we need it most.
Thank you, Crowley, for making this program possible and successful each year!
We were also able to celebrate this season with our favorite seniors from The Crowley Senior Center. Sixty & Better gathered the area’s Senior Centers together to ring in the holidays at their annual Holiday Dance Party at the beginning of December. For the second year in a row, Powerhouse was asked to provide and volunteer for the coffee bar at the party. Not sure anyone can have as much fun as these seniors, but Powerhouse’s volunteers got close!
October 7-11, 2019
During the first full week in October there is always an exciting buzz around the Powerhouse Office. Powerhouse has celebrated Customer Service Week since 2016. During this week we celebrate and recognize all our incredible employees who exemplify our customer service expectations and core values. We also spend time fine-tuning our customer service skills while having a great time doing it. Our goal every year with Customer Service Week is to learn how to have fun while having a positive and lasting impact on people.
When we prioritize meeting the needs of our customers in a manner of excellence, integrity and humility, we create a relationship with the customer that is not only long-lasting but sets us apart. This is a huge component in how we have a positive and lasting impact on people.
-Fallon Leeth, Construction Coordinator
Customer Service Week showcases the creative ways an employee can improve the Customer Experience. Reading through all of the customer comments and feedback provides inspiration and innovative ideas to take your service to the next level. Having a positive and lasting impact is realized by delivering these experiences continuously over time, and that is what we strive for!!
-Dillon Coggins, Business Developer