THANK YOU DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS!!!
Thank you to all of our Direct
Support Professionals (DSP’s) for all that you do! We
recognize all of your hard work and the skills necessary for
you to do your job. DSP's have the most impact on
those individuals we serve!
In an effort to continue this
recognition, we plan on spotlighting a Direct Support
Professional of the Month ... every month!
SEPTEMBER 2019 DSP ...
“Kourtni has been such a blessing to our family in so many
ways. She’s a beaming bright light. She brings a much needed
sense of light-hearted playfulness into our home. She is
hard working, resilient, thorough, responsible and reliable.
She accepts direction amazingly and is always eager to learn
new things. Since hiring Kourtni, our family has been able
to go on so many more outings than we could before, and
actually enjoy them as a family. Having Kourtni’s help has
greatly increased our son’s independence and overall
enjoyment of life. He is able to take breaks from us when
needed and we are able to do the same. I know he is safe and
well cared for with her because she is truly like a second
me. We are finally able to make positive life lasting
memories that are less stressful and more balances and they
all include her, as she has become a very important part of
our family. “
Core Competency: Positive Relationships,
Putting People First, Safety, Getting into the Community
AUGUST 2019 DSP ...
very professional. She is not only our Free Standing Respite
House Supervisor but also a DSP. She covers shifts including
overnights to keep the Respite House operating well. She
knows and likes our individuals who we serve. Donna also
goes above and beyond for the agency. She is busy as an
agency investigator and is helping out with another program
but it never impacts her commitment and care for our
individuals which is where her heart truly lies!
Putting People First
Tina was nominated by one of our individuals we provide
services for! She expressed that Tina goes above and beyond
for our individuals by always looking for different
activities for everyone to participate in. A few activities
mentioned were arts and crafts, nature walks, hayrides, and
holiday parties! Tina was also nominated by an anonymous
person who stated that Tina has stepped up to the plate and
took on more responsibilities - she is accommodating
individual needs and is working hard to get a program in
Core Competency: Getting into the
her Self-Direction participant work on staying active in the
community by attending lectures at local colleges. She
offers support and encouragement when her participant is
asked to lead dialogue during these lectures. She is always
positive and reassuring, which has allowed him the
opportunity to be included in many discussions on some of
his favorite subjects. This not only allows for inclusion
with peers, but also gives him the opportunity to share his
knowledge and builds his confidence.
Being Active and
Productive in Society
Megan works on
communication skills, community involvement, and life skills
with her individual. Megan helps her individual form
complete sentences and convey his needs and wants. She takes
him into the community to a variety of places like the
nature trail, shopping, and the zoo. They also work on
stranger danger, hygiene, and personal space. Megan has a
huge heart and works hard to ensure that she is helping
her individual with his goals and that he pursues areas of interest to the fullest!
Core Competency: Health, Safety, and
Getting into the Community
APRIL 2019 DSP ...
Julie is a full time DSP who turns her timecards in weekly
with no mistakes and they are always very neat!
She is doing a great job with her individual and
is making progress in many different areas. One area she
works on is reminding her individual to take her medication
and her individual has improved tremendously at remembering
this task. Julie also helps her to calm down when she gets
MARCH 2019 DSP ...
Kerry is a very dedicated DSP who has expanded her work to
helping other DSP’s find fun and free / low cost activities
that their participants may be interested in. Kerry has
started a Facebook group where all DSP’s in the area can
post any activities that they find for fun and new
experiences. This helps individuals budget their activity
money effectively as well as provides opportunities to learn
new things and try something they may not have thought of
before. Kerry consistently goes above and beyond in all
aspects of her job as a DSP and her enthusiasm for our
individuals is truly admirable.
Being Active and Productive in Society and Putting People
FEBRUARY 2019 DSP ...
“I want to nominate Kelsey Fraser for DSP of the Month. She
is working with an individual who she knew prior to working
as his staff. Before she was able to actually work with him,
she came into the office to get his goals and wanted to work
on a plan for him. She knew that he needed to have a set
schedule and set up a schedule that would accommodate him.
They volunteer at different places and go for walks and do
things he enjoys. She acknowledges his accomplishments and
challenges him. This unique staff member puts a lot of time
into her job and the progress he has made shows. I have been
impressed with her since the beginning and she definitely
goes above and beyond.”
First, Getting into the Community, and Maintaining Positive
JANUARY 2019 DSP ...
Kenya is a team player! She shows flexibility with her
schedule each week as a DPAO SEMP Job Coach and is willing
to work wherever and whenever she is needed. She is always a
pleasure to be around and always has a smile on her face.
She maintains positive relationships, is passionate
about her work, and is always looking for ways to support
the individuals she provides services to. Kenya continues to
think outside of the box and is very creative. She is very
good with any situation thrown her way!
Demonstrating Professionalism, Putting People First, and
Maintaining Positive Relationships
DECEMBER 2018 DSP ...
Dillon does a
great job getting his individual he works with out into the
community to work on goals. The parent of the individual
Dillon works with stated “Dillon
is very passionate about his job and is such a good role
model and supportive. They have developed a great working
relationship and Dillon is always helping work toward his
goals; they have become a great team and good friends!”
First and Getting into the Community
2018 DSP ...
Taylor St. Louis
"I had the opportunity to observe Taylor
working back in March. OPWDD surveyors were there to observe
meal time which can make any situation more stressful but
Taylor did a great job. She was attentive, professional, and
encouraged the individuals to try to do the most they could
for themselves. She followed everyone’s dietary order and
made the atmosphere feel comfortable and homelike."
Professional, Supporting Health and Wellness, Supporting
Safety, and Supporting a Person’s Potential
2018 DSP ...
Courtney works super hard in Day Habilitation! From playing
games to feeding and toileting individuals, she is often the
first one to volunteer to help someone out no matter what it
is. A lot of the individuals look to Courtney when they are
having a particularly hard time and she is always
compassionate and understanding of their situations. There
have been plenty of times Courtney has had to step up in a
crisis and has proven her ability to maintain control in
keeping everyone safe.
Putting People First and Safety