Last week, Residential Managers Christine Basile, Taiwan Verene, and Sherry Qualls organized a celebratory brunch at The View Grill in Glen Cove to honor the direct support professionals (DSPs) from AHRC Nassau and partner agency Citizens Options Unlimited to recognize their exceptional work.
The Red Spring Lane, Pickwick Drive, Williams Street and New Woods Road residences received citations from the offices of Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Mayor and Deputy Mayor Pamela D. Panzenbeck and Donna M. McNaughton, with the support of Council Members Marsha Silverman and DuWayne Gregory.
CEO Stanfort Perry, public officials, and families of people supported shared heartfelt thanks, while residents Dean Davidson, Pauline Wize and Jonathan Drexler highlighted the integral role DSPs play in their lives.
“The staff has taken me to Disney, Lake George, and on a nice cruise. One time, I went canoeing, and I was scared. My staff helped me to get over my fears, and I got to go for hours out of the day. The staff are all nice. They take me shopping and out to dinner, we’re all together for holidays,” shared Pauline.
Pauline has lived in the New Woods residence for eighteen years. During that time, she has made countless memories with the people who support her.
In her role as a house manager, Christine shared how DSPs show up for residents and the impact they have, not only assisting them with care tasks, but also creating opportunities for them to live their dreams.
“DSPs make the impossible happen for the people they support. Empowering the people they care for to lead a life with dignity,” said Christine.
To cap off the event, house managers presented staff with individualized award certificates and shared gift bags thanking them for their excellent work.