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.
“I most enjoy the growth that happens with my families. Being able to help them see themselves and one another in a better light encourages the families to do the work with or without me. It’s rewarding to be able to help children improve and beat challenges and help parents see that with time, creativity and of course loving play they can teach their little ones anything. I have taken to creating small groups for my children that are within a few months of graduating to give children a space to practice their newly developing skills, give parents a chance to see what skills their child has truly mastered or what they still need to work on, and provide parents the opportunity to connect with other parents to build support after their child has graduated from the program. We have library outings and do other fun things, like go to the store to work on ‘accepting no’ so children and their families can have a better experience while out in the community. One of my most recent outings was with a mom and her toddler. Mom had never taken her son on a walk due to her own personal challenges. Mom was finally able to work up the nerve to go on a walk and work on safe skills with her little one. To the person on the outside of the picture this may seem like a simple outing, but for the mother and her child, they reached an unforgettable milestone together.”
During this challenging time, our Creative Home Program team is continuing to communicate with families to ease fears, reassuring them of the precautions we are taking as an organization, and preparing them to receive remote services. They are also putting together lesson plans that are fun and engaging so that teachers can guide the parents we support through activities. They are finding ways to be social without being distant.
“What I enjoy most about working in a direct support role is putting smiles on the faces of the individuals we serve by going places they like, getting something new, or just eating their favorite meal! It is very rewarding to be a part of their little family! We especially like to go out to eat, to the movies, park and water bowl. We also go to fairs, stores, the zoo and aquarium.”
“What I enjoy most about working in a direct support role is helping people succeed by not giving up.”