The MENTOR Network

Benjamin Darval Program Coordinator, REM River Bluffs

Benjamin Darval, now a Program Coordinator at REM River Bluffs in Rochester, Minnesota, left a job as a stainless steel welder to work as a Direct Support Professional. Returning to a human services career he started in high school, Benjamin says, “It’s in me, it’s in my blood.”

In REM’s in-home services program, Program Coordinator Benjamin Darval serves adults with a wide range of intellectual and developmental disabilities, in addition to managing program schedules based on the clients’ needs.

Watch Benjamin accept his 2012 Ripple of Hope Award and be honored alongside his fellow winners in St. Paul at the Minnesota History Center.