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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May 20, 2019

Kelly Relos

Direct Support Professional
Cole Vocational Services, California

“The things I enjoy the most about working in a direct support roll are getting to know everyone’s personalities and interests, and being able to help them fulfill their daily goals. It is very rewarding to be able to see each individual progress over time and learn new things along the way. One of my favorite things to do with the individuals I serve out in the community is to take them to new places, like the historic Knights Ferry recreation area, for example. I like to see them explore the outdoors and do something out of the box every once in a while.”

May 13, 2019

DeAndre Smith

Direct Support Professional
NeuroRestorative Illinois

“I like building a rapport with program participants and gaining their trust and friendship. It is very fulfilling to know that I can be that support system to help a participant through both hard and fun times.  One of our favorite outings together was to the DuQuoin State Fair. It was tons of fun for everyone. We got to sing together on a road trip and hop on a bunch carnival rides, all while indulging in lemon shake-ups.”

May 6, 2019

Jessica Buntjer

Direct Support Professional
REM Minnesota

“I love making a difference in the lives of the individuals we serve. I enjoy spending time with them, having fun, and coming up with new strategies to help make them more successful.  Out in the community, we especially enjoy going to look at Christmas lights together, seeing a movie or play, and shopping.”

View DSPs from April