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.

If you would like to nominate someone for DSP of the Week, please visit our nomination page.

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January 18, 2021

Joanna Carreon

Direct Support Professional
REM Minnesota

“I work with an amazing team that helps the individuals we serve prosper in their daily lives and achieve their long term goals. The direct support role can be challenging at times, but it is so rewarding to be a huge part of the individuals’ lives and help them grow. One of my favorite things to do is to go out into the community with one of the individuals we serve who needs additional support due to behavioral challenges. It’s wonderful to witness this individual enjoying the little things in life by going for walks in the park, swimming and shopping.”

January 11, 2021

Cristian Castellon

Direct Support Professional
REM Minnesota

“I learn so much from the individuals we serve, and through training on various care practices I gain knowledge that helps me professionally and personally. I especially enjoy going to the parks or on van rides with the people we serve.  It gives me the chance to talk with them more and learn what they like.”

January 4, 2021

Adetimehin Olarewaju

Direct Support Professional
Indiana MENTOR

“I believe that the individuals we care for are an important part of our society and have much to contribute. As a direct support professional, I enjoy being able to help them achieve their dreams and teach them life skills to become as independent as possible. A few of us recently went for a drive together around town after COVID-19 stay-at-home restrictions were lifted in our area. Seeing the joy and serenity on their faces as a result of being back in their community really made my day.”

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