California MENTOR DSPs Chosen as 2017 DSP of the Day by The MENTOR Network
At California MENTOR and The MENTOR Network, we value our Direct Support Professionals and others in direct support roles for their dedication to those we serve and their critical role in carrying out our mission every day.
Throughout the month of September, The MENTOR Network is honoring direct support staff members through the DSP of the Day campaign, which recognizes a different direct support staff member each day for their outstanding service. DSPs from California MENTOR and its partners are among those chosen as the DSP of the Day this year. Congratulations to each of these team members, and thank you for your commitment to the individuals we serve!
Alondra Gomez, Cole Vocational Services
“I enjoy making the individuals we serve smile and teaching them new skills. My favorite thing to do in the community is to volunteer with them and show the community their skills.”
Jaime Burke, Cole Vocational Services
“I enjoy volunteering in the community with the people we serve, primarily with more challenging tasks. It’s very rewarding to see them doing the work and being challenged to build their skill level. I feel like I am really doing my job when they learn. In general, I enjoy just hanging out with them and knowing I have made a difference in their lives.”
Angela Marron, California MENTOR
“I love to explore the outdoors, but it’s not the things and places I like—it’s about giving an opportunity to the people we serve and empowering them to make choices and decisions that eventually will better their lives. In a recent outing with someone we serve, we had lunch by a lake and then took a walk through the park to enjoy Mother Nature and different types of birds signing. The individual was very happy remembering childhood walks through the park. That was something that touched my heart.”
Brent Simon, Cole Vocational Services
“I enjoy being able to help the people we serve reach their goals. I enjoy being a part of a company that cares about their consumers and working together to make sure that the individuals’ needs are met. Some of my favorite things to do include taking the individuals to places they really want to go to and regularly like to visit. An individual I usually work with on Wednesday evenings has a favorite diner he likes to go to for coffee. Every time I’ve taken him there, the employees of the diner always greet him by his name and make him feel welcome. I feel happy for him that he has a place to go to like that.”