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 26, 2019

Eric Benson

Direct Support Professional
Indiana MENTOR

“I enjoy coming to work and spending time with the people we serve. We often go on outings to play ball or see a movie.  I especially enjoy going to Pacers and Colts games, car shows, or the museum with them.  Recently, I took some of the individuals we serve to World on Wheels and one of them got to meet the WWE wrestler Big Show―it made his day!

August 19, 2019

Gerthene Baxter

Direct Support Professional
South Carolina MENTOR

“What I enjoy most about working in a direct support role is talking to the people we serve and making them feel important by doing things they like. Out in the community, they especially enjoy visiting the park and walking the trails, shopping, and going out for lunch or a movie.”


August 12, 2019

Jennifer Joya

Direct Support Professional
NeuroRestorative Iowa

“I enjoy helping people and watching them learn new things. It is always rewarding when they have tried so hard to learn a new task and end up completing it with little to no assistance. I also enjoy our time out in the community. Just recently, we took individuals we serve to our local little petting zoo and grilled out. It was fun watching them pet the animals and enjoy the day outside.”

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