Whether it is advocating for an individual to reach his goal of moving into his own home or working through the complexities of serving individuals with offending behaviors, J.R. sees the rewards in even the most challenging days.
“The progress is so clear and measurable after you provide support to someone and help them achieve their goals,” said J.R. “You see firsthand the difference your efforts have made.”
Though recently promoted to program director, J.R. has spent much of his time at REM supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or mental health issues, who have been involved in the criminal justice system for sexual offenses, reenter the community. For most of the men in the program, it will be their lifelong home, so managing and deescalating situations and working closely with family members, probation officers, staff and community members has been critical to everyone’s success.
As a program director, J.R. looks forward to continuing to expand on his newfound passion by helping individuals with more complex or profound intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“I’m going to miss working with individuals with offending behaviors, but I am looking forward to learning more about other services and having a bigger role in helping people decide and plan for what will improve their quality of life.”