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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October 16, 2017

Samantha Johnson

Direct Support Professional
REM North Dakota

“Being a DSP is great because of all the time you get to spend with the individuals we serve! It is wonderful to be given the opportunity to not only help people through their day, but to make a real impact on their lives for the better. I enjoy bringing smiles and laughter to a good productive work day, along with an eclectic array of fun activities. We really enjoyed the state fair this year. It was fun eating out and going on rides, even if some of the rides were a little bit scary. Recently, I’ve really enjoyed playing tennis with the individuals I serve. We also enjoy bowling, walking, yard Yahtzee and loom knitting.”

October 9, 2017

Jenny Schmidt

Direct Support Professional
REM Minnesota

“What I enjoy most about working in a direct support role is seeing the individuals we serve smiling and joking around with one another.  We like to take walks together in the neighborhood, go grocery shopping, and visit the mall. No matter where we go, they always seem to see someone they know!”

October 2, 2017

Victoria Townsend

Direct Support Professional
NeuroRestorative Kentucky

“I enjoy working with the participants, getting to know them and their story, and making sure their needs and wants are met. We love going to the park to feed the ducks and going to the store to pick out movies. I also love making air plants with them and seeing their designs.”

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