In 2005, The MENTOR Network established the Ripple of Hope Awards to recognize The Network’s most outstanding employees, Mentors and independent contractors whose passion, energy and skill have created a positive impact in the lives of others. Whether they work in direct care, operations or supporting business roles, these outstanding employees and service providers create a “ripple of hope,” and a legacy of compassion and caring for others to follow.
The title of the award is inspired by the words of late U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy:
“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
2018 Ripple of Hope Award Recipients
Andi Brooks, Program Director, REM Iowa
Brady Carlberg, Direct Support Professional, REM Minnesota
Melissa Coronado, Program Director, Arizona MENTOR
Brandy Fortner, Team Lead, Mentis Neuro Health, Texas
Selwa and Brian Grandison, Mentors, New Jersey MENTOR
Eduardo Hernandez, Nursing Assistant, CareMeridian, California
Leilani Lagua, Mentor, California MENTOR
Idalina and Naja Moujabber, Mentors, Massachusetts MENTOR
The winners were honored during a special ceremony on November 14 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Learn about all of our Ripple of Hope Award winners from previous years below.