The MENTOR Network

Rich Brandt Direct Support Professional, REM Wisconsin

When award winner Rich Brandt joined REM Wisconsin as a live-in Direct Support Professional supporting Mike, an adolescent with significant complications, he instantly knew there was a special bond between them. The one-year commitment that was asked of Rich when he was hired—incidentally, by one of his nominators—passed quickly; he’s been with REM for 16 years now.

Watch a video of the 2009 Ripple of Hope Award winners who were honored on November 10, 2009 at the Boston Children’s Museum.