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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January 15, 2018

Tom Johnson

Direct Support Professional
REM Minnesota

“I enjoy that what we do actually matters in a person’s life and that every day is different from the last. This past June, I went on a trip to Ely, MN with an individual we serve. He really likes bears, so we went to the bear center and it was fun to see how excited he was to see live bears up close. We were a couple feet from a 500 pound black bear and he had giant smile on his face!”

January 8, 2018

Kathy Miller

Direct Support Professional
NeuroRestorative Kentucky

“It gives me joy to assist the individuals we serve and see the smiles on their faces when they meet their goals by walking, talking, or even washing their dishes for the first time. One of my favorite things to do with them is to go to the park and feed the ducks.”

January 1, 2018

Rachel Jacobson

Direct Support Professional
REM Minnesota

“What I love about working with the individuals we serve is being able to make their lives fulfilled with everything they love to do and being able to see them accomplish their dreams. Last year, I was able to take the individuals up to my family cabin for a night for a small camping trip in Danbury, Wisconsin and then to Duluth, Minnesota for a day. Two of the individuals had never been up to Duluth and to see their faces when the big ship came in was amazing. It made my heart feel full to be able to give them that enjoyment.”

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