Monday Morning Meet Your Leaders – Wendy Lubrecht
21 Plus, Inc.
1. What is one of the most important qualities of a great leader?
I believe that one of the most important qualities of a great leader is the ability to lift up those that you are leading. A chain is only as good as its weakest link, and I think that goes for people as well. A great leader is supportive and encourages staff to reach their fullest potential.
2. How does your organization take our community to the next level?
For 40 years 21 Plus has been making lives meaningful for people with disabilities. The agency was created to fill a need in Ocean County for families whose children were aging out of the school system. Our founders came up with an innovative solution with very little money and donated space and 40 years later we continue to rise to the challenge. Our Adult Training Center in Manchester has evolved to be a place where young adults with disabilities want to come, to learn life skills and spend time in the community. The most recent group homes opened by 21 Plus have been specifically designed to transition people who have lived in developmental centers for most of their lives have an opportunity to live in the community.
3. What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
I became a grandmother in September 2018 so lately all of my spare time is spent enjoying my granddaughter Alana! I am really enjoying going back to the places I took my children when they were little – we just went to Popcorn Park Zoo last weekend and she did the River to Bay 5k with us in May (in her stroller LOL)! Ocean County has so much to offer young families! Getting to do it all over again is very exciting.
4. What is your favorite food/recipe and why?
Barbecue!! One of my husband’s favorite things to do is grill – he makes the most amazing BBQ ribs – he has a big charcoal grill and right next to it? A just as big smoker! We love to host barbecues all summer. He’s in charge of the protein and I’m in charge of everything else! There’s just something fabulous about barbecues. They’re fun and relaxing and a wonderful way to stay connected as well as re-connect! Our crowd is diverse, and we never really know how many people are going to show up. But you can be sure the food will be delicious and we will have some ridiculous new game to play.