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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June 1, 2020

Latifah Cherry

Direct Support Professional
New Jersey MENTOR

“I choose to work in a direct support role because I believe that I can make an impact in the lives of the people we serve by encouraging and helping them every day to reach their goals. I love assisting them with daily activities like cooking, supporting their choices and lifestyles, taking them to medical appointments, teaching them money management, and most of all increasing their independence so that they know anything is possible! My absolute favorite outing is going to Special Olympics competitions. I love to see the smiles on their faces when they do their best and compete. I’ll never forget when they placed 1st and 2nd! We celebrated for a week and talked about it for weeks on end.”

May 25, 2020

Alice Cross

Direct Support Professional
Indiana MENTOR

“I work as a DSP for the fulfilment I receive knowing I am helping a fellow person in need. My family needs help every once and a while and I feel this is my way of giving back. I love taking the people we serve out into the community. My favorite thing to do with them is to go to the movies. I also love it when we go shopping and out to eat. I feel they get a lot out of being out in the community—they smile more and get excited when they know they are going somewhere. It makes their day and mine.”

May 18, 2020

Amanda Kokesch

Direct Support Professional
REM Minnesota

“I love helping others and assisting the individuals we serve with day-to-day skills and tasks so that they can live independently. I especially enjoy going on walks in the community with them, visiting the humane society, cooking together, and helping them learn and expand their skills.”

DSP of the Week

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