The MENTOR Network

DSP of the Week

At The MENTOR Network, we believe that our Direct Support Professionals—who help carry out The Network’s mission every day—should be valued, supported and recognized for a job well done. That’s why we’re honoring our direct support workforce and the tremendous difference they make each day in the lives of thousands of individuals we serve.

Each week, we’re recognizing one of our remarkable DSPs. Please take a moment to meet these talented individuals and remember to thank them for their commitment to the individuals we serve.

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August 13, 2018

Liliana Graciano

Direct Support Professional
First Step Independent Living, California

“I like working at First Step, because I enjoy putting smiles on the faces of the individuals we serve. I like to make them feel loved and appreciated—not just because they have disabilities, but because we all need to feel loved and appreciated. Out in the community, we enjoy volunteering, going to parks, bowling, movies, and out to lunch.”

August 6, 2018

Gairy Denton

Direct Support Professional
REM North Dakota

“I enjoy helping the individuals I work with accomplish their dreams and goals. They brighten my day and make me feel that I have accomplished something important. I also enjoy supporting the individuals I work with to be a part of their community—to be members of their community—by helping them take part in events and social gatherings where they meet new people and make new friends.”

July 30, 2018

Samantha Jolley

Direct Support Professional
Indiana MENTOR

“What I enjoy most about working with the individuals we serve is being part of their daily lives, helping them learn new things, and seeing how excited they get when they master a new task. Out in the community, I especially enjoy taking them to Special Olympics practices and seeing how much fun they have. I’m excited to watch them compete in the summer games.”

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