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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November 28, 2016

Dana Grant

Direct Support Professional
REM Iowa

“I absolutely love to see the determination and joy on the faces of the individuals I support when they have accomplished a goal or done something new! Building relationships with all of my individuals and their families is extremely rewarding. At the end of the day, I feel very fulfilled and accomplished.  My individuals love to participate in The MENTOR Network’s Volunteer Day and the brain injury awareness walks. This past volunteer day they helped to rake up leaves at a local park. When the evening was over, they wanted to go home and do the same thing with their own yard. I love to see them take the initiative and accomplish things on their own!”

November 21, 2016

Tanisha Valliant

Direct Support Professional
REM Minnesota

“I enjoy spending time with the ladies I serve—helping to care for them, while enjoying their different personalities.  Our favorite things to do in the community together include going to the local Jewish Community Center, out to eat and to the movies.”

November 14, 2016

Mya Place

Direct Support Professional
REM New Jersey

“I enjoy every moment of this job from the clients and staff to my fantastic manager. I love being able to teach someone something in a patient and caring way. I also love walking in and seeing the smiles on my clients’ faces when I come in the door. It’s an amazing feeling to know you really do make a difference in their lives. Some of my favorite outings include outdoor activities, such as visits to the state parks and local farms. Recently, we went pumpkin picking at an orchard. They enjoyed a hayride to the apple trees, got a pumpkin and gourd, and enjoyed a tour through the bakery. They all had a really fantastic time and I can’t wait to do it again next year!”

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