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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August 14, 2017

Jennifer DiTaranto

Direct Support Professional
REM New Jersey

“What I enjoy most about working in a direct support role is helping the individuals we serve learn new things and knowing when they say ‘thank you’ that they really appreciate everything you do for them.  Out in the community, I like taking the individuals to the movies, park, mall—basically any place that makes them smile and laugh. They should enjoy life to the fullest!”


August 7, 2017

Kayla Eide

Direct Support Professional
REM North Dakota

“What I enjoy most about working in a direct support role are the relationships you build with individuals supported. There is nothing more rewarding than helping someone become a valued community member. Individuals we support become like family members, they change the way you see things for the better. One of my favorite things was to help a young lady with her high school graduation and senior pictures. We helped get her ready for her pictures by styling her hair, and applying makeup. I will never forget how excited she was, it made my day being part of her big day.”

July 31, 2017

Angela Browning

Direct Support Professional
Indiana MENTOR

“I enjoy seeing how proud the individuals we support are when they achieve their goals! I enjoy teaching them new things and learning new things from them. I am especially looking forward to seeing them play in The Miracle League in a few weeks!!!”

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