Michigan Department of Human Services
In recognizing Ron Coppess as a recipient of it's Mentorship Award, the Michigan Department of Human Services stated in a press release:
October 23, 2013 – Ronald Coppess of Sunny Crest Youth Ranch was recognized with a Mentorship Award from the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS). Although his official title is President and CEO, if you spent an hour with him on the Sunny Crest campus in Sunfield, you’d realize he is also the founder, designer, builder, flooring expert, lead farm hand, chief fundraiser, educator, creative program, accountability expert and a passionate mentor of the boys at the program.
Coppess has created a place where children can feel a loving, nurturing and secure environment where they don’t have to fear rejection as they practice the skills necessary to become a successful adult. Coppess is not too shy to spend a few hours in the shop helping youth, or to craft a tool box, or to sit down with young people as they struggle through the frustrations of completing their homework assignment, or to get out in the field and work one-on-one with a young man as he trains his horse.
Coppess makes sure that every boy staying at the Ranch is guided and nurtured and successful as he explores his own interests in life.
Star Awards were given to honor outstanding DHS employees and teams and private partners that demonstrated excellent customer service or a successful innovation, or have helped increase self-sufficiency for clients.