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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April 24, 2017

Kelly Houska

Direct Support Professional
REM North Dakota

“One of my favorite things to do out in the community is to volunteer with Meals on Wheels. Monthly, an individual supported by REM North Dakota and I deliver meals to people who are not able to leave their home. The smile on the face of the individual we support when they receive a thank you after delivering a meal is priceless.”

April 17, 2017

Laura Roeter

Direct Support Professional

“I absolutely love coming to work every day and knowing that I am making a positive difference in the lives of others! I love seeing the joy, pride and smiles while my clients work on activities that have meaning to them. I love taking clients into the community and integrating them into circumstances and activities that they may otherwise not have a chance to do. We have so much fun on outings! We go shopping, take drives, go to the duck pond and so much more. I could not imagine working in a field more rewarding than this!”

April 10, 2017

Anna Sobota

Direct Support Professional
REM Iowa

“Working as a DSP has so many rewarding benefits. I like helping others help themselves. It can be the smallest thing—a high five, a smile or clapping for their achievements that makes me smile and is good for my heart every day. Out in the community, the county fair is a highlight of mine. It’s wonderful to see the individuals being compassionate in their own unique way towards all the animals and to see their faces light up with excitement while talking to the animals and their owners.”

April 3, 2017

Alice Olivarez

Direct Support Professional
REM North Dakota

“I enjoy the direct contact with the people we support—helping with meals, medical appointments, being a part of the community and seeing them smile, but also being there in times of illness and providing comfort at the end of life.”

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