Rising Ground Inc., a leading nonprofit human services organization in New York City that annually serves more than 25,000 children, adults, and family members, is very pleased to share that Ojo Olukayode was recently honored as its Employee of the Year.
Ojo, a Brooklyn resident, loves to assist those in need, and says that it provides him a sense of fulfilment. My secret is simple: “Families we help and serve, I treat no different from my own family. As a result, I am not stressed assisting them and providing the level of help needed. Caring for others and their kids is just natural to me.”
Rising Ground Chief Executive Officer Alan Mucatel shared that Ojo is part of a workforce of 1,600 who operate more than 50 programs at sites across all New York City boroughs and Westchester County. “It’s people like Ojo who day in and day out provide New York children, adults, and families with the resources and skills needed to rise above adversity and positively direct their lives. I congratulate him for his dedication and constant professionalism.”
Ojo, a six-year veteran of the organization, currently serves as a Foster Care Reunification Specialist, and started his career as a case aide and was later promoted to case planner. In September 2020, he was recognized for “Excellence in Practice” by New York City Administration for Children Services. A huge fan of European football (soccer), Ojo roots for Manchester United in the Premier League, and La Liga, which keeps him home on weekends during regular matches. He is married to Oluwabukola, and has two sons, Adesoji and Oluwatimileyin.
Rising Ground, which changed its name in 2018 from Leake & Watts Rising Ground won the prestigious New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Award in 2014. Founded as an orphanage in 1831, Rising Ground has been at the forefront of supporting evolving community needs and has become a leader in utilizing result-driven, evidence-based practices. For more information visit RisingGround.org.
Rising Ground services East New York, as well as neighborhoods throughout New York City.
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