Beth Plisek is someone that everyone wants to be cared for, advocated for, and guided in the right direction.
Prisek in rural Hoskins ensures that all people, especially those with intellectual and physical disabilities, are provided with the resources they need to live and work in their communities and access the tools they need to thrive. I have spent years trying to make it possible. .
Working full-time with the non-profit League of Human Dignity and spending countless hours volunteering with other local non-profits, Plisek has impacted his community in many ways. .Daily News and Elkhorn Valley Bank of the Year.
The two organizations co-sponsor an awards program that honors individuals who have contributed to making Northeast Nebraska a better place to live and work.
In a letter naming Plisek the region’s Person of the Year, Melissa Thies said Plisek works diligently with clients and providers to ensure “the best outcome for everyone.” said.
“(Plisek) works tirelessly to empower people of all faiths and beliefs to realize their potential and live their best lives,” said Thies.
Plisek said that people’s awareness of the League for Human Dignity’s work in helping people with developmental and physical disabilities “means the world.”
“It’s good for people to see and understand our population,” Plisek said. “So I was happy that[the award]got people’s attention. I’m not just me.
“For me, it was like, ‘We’re not just seeing us in the league now, but our community as well.'”
Raised in Randolph, Plisek is the mother of two children, Colby, 21, and Ellie, 19.
Plisek said Ellie has eight “major” diagnoses and 20 “minor” diagnoses. She has her eight specialists who visit regularly at Omaha’s Children’s Hospital, and in her lifetime she has had over 400 hospital visits.
When searching for resources to help give Ellie the tools she needs to succeed, Plisek got in touch with Jane Fink, a longtime independent living coordinator and current director of the League of Human Dignity. .
Founded in Lincoln in 1971 and adding a site in Norfolk in 1982, the League for Human Dignity is a community-based consumer governance organization whose mission is to promote the full integration of disabled people into society. We are a non-profit organization. Employees of the League for Human Dignity advocate for their needs and rights while providing services to help them become and remain independent citizens.
Plisek communicated with Fink several times throughout Ellie’s childhood to help establish and navigate Ellie’s “roadmap,” she said.
Previously, Plisek worked in a nursing profession. She took a managerial position in this profession. But in early 2020, when COVID-19 began to affect the area, Plisek had to move away from Ellie whenever she felt “frightened” of COVID. It was too dangerous to be around Ellie in her condition.
“And it was really frustrating,” Plisek said. “I always told my administrators if I had the chance to do a job helping people with disabilities or a job helping the Alzheimer’s Association…then I would quit immediately.”
Prisek’s boss asked if anything could be done to change Prisek’s mind. He said that Prisek does not think so.
And in 2021, an independent living coordinator position opened at the League for Human Dignity, so Plisek sent his resume to Fink and the two discussed its opening.Plisek was hired in May 2021.
“I think it was the right time in our lives and the right time in the life of the League for me to come here and do this,” Plisek said. I love my job, I really do, and I love the team I work with.
“Without a roadmap, I feel it is a valuable resource for people[living with disabilities]. will become.”
The League for Human Dignity serves 22 counties in northeastern and northcentral Nebraska. It is a base for local independent living. Plisek travels frequently on business and regularly sees people as far away as Valentine.
Professionals like Plisek provide information and referrals, independent living skills training, transition services, peer counseling and support, awareness training, and more.
People with disabilities can learn how to cook healthy, use a toaster oven because of their limitations, and understand how to follow recipes. These are all tasks that the League for Human Dignity can help with. For example, the league can also help people who have had a stroke and want to learn how to dress and cook on their own.
In December, Plisek helped a Norfolk organization obtain the resources it needed to ensure compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations.
“None of us know all the answers. “You know, some people have more experience with things than others, and we talk to each other. We will do it together.”
Prisek’s work in helping others and advocating for inclusion doesn’t stop when her day job ends.
She has served on the Norfolk Ark Board of Directors for over five and a half years, helping organize community events primarily for people with developmental disabilities.
Plisek is also on the board of the Norfolk Regional Diversity Council (formerly the Mayor’s Diversity Council), which embraces cultural engagement and seeks to strengthen diversity, inclusion and belonging in the Norfolk region. I am joining.
Towards the end of 2022, Plisek was appointed to the Nebraska Developmental Disabilities Council by Gov. Pete Ricketts. This group meets quarterly with other state officials to advocate for legislation and amendments within the structure of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
In addition, Plisek was president of Norfolk’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s for three years. Although no longer president, Plisek still serves on the committee that organizes the event, and he helps coordinate the October Walk.
Plisek is also responsible for Project Linus in Northeast and North Central Nebraska. Project Linus is a national nonprofit that provides new handmade blankets to children in need. Blankets are made by adults and children from all walks of life.
Thies said in his letter of recommendation that Plisek supports Jerry’s Hilltop, the family’s business south of Randolph, as much as he can.
Being a mother with a full-time job, being responsible for leading a non-profit organization, making regular visits to out-of-town hospitals, and doing volunteer work outside of work for a non-profit organization, Plisek has a lot to accomplish. But she doesn’t think her daily routine has a lot on her plate.
“I think we were put here to help others,” Plisek said. “But I don’t consider what I do a job.” If I can help one person, I have made a difference.”