Friday, September 27, 2013

Wendy Miller Receives Blesher Award For Making a Dream Come True

Wendy was nominated for a Blesher Award for her timely and persistent efforts that culminated in making a dream come true for one of the gentlemen that she supports.  Wendy knew that he was a big fan of the Walton Football Team and always wanted to be a part of it.  Through her efforts he is now part of the team and has formed warm friendships with the players. Pam Moody wrote in her nomination, “Wendy facilitated a “dream come true” for this man to become a part of the Walton Football team. He has a title of “Sideline Assistant”, appointed by the players and coaching staff. He is supporting the players at all home games and is standing with them on the sideline.”
Wendy’s  actions and resulting accomplishments exemplify the 6 Unifying Principles of The Arc of Delaware County:
Those We Serve Come First- Wendy followed up with this man’s dream of being a part of the Walton Football Team.
Commit To Excellence- Wendy started early and assured she made contact with Coach Hoover weekly.
Be Dedicated- Wendy arranged her schedule to accommodate the individual to attend football practice and the other volunteer activities.
Employee Satisfaction- Wendy expresses her delight in the warm friendships he has built with the team.
Communicate Effectively- Wendy has communicated with Jessie and Bruce Baldi to assure his participation at home games.
Be Innovative- Wendy researched during the summer months what she needed to do to make this dream come true.
                                 Congratulations Wendy!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Accolades Abound for CLS-Walton Team

Always generous with their time and talent, CLS-Walton had many staff members assisting at other facilities and in other programs while at the same time experiencing a 37% increase in caseload. Their efforts didn’t go unnoticed.  Steve Finkel,  Community Programmer with The Arc of Delaware County nominated the entire staff at the Community Living Skills facility in Walton, NY for a Blesher Award.  Steve wrote, “Despite enormous challenges… the (CLS-W) team never missed a beat- “caring without restraint in spades!”. 
It is rare that an entire staff at a facility is nominated for a Blesher Award. However this team has “dug deep” and pulled together to meet these significant challenges. With the dedication and teamwork of every person at CLS-W, the Day Service program continued to operate smoothly and was able to maintain the high level of service that they provide under normal circumstances. 
Key points noted in the nomination of how the people at CLS-W demonstrated the Unifying Principals of The Arc of Delaware County include:
Those We Serve Come First-“Their human resources focused on our mission despite the challenges.”
Commit To Excellence- “Blending more people from Broome and CLS-Arkville and being positive and proactive.”
Be Dedicated- “Ensuring that the focus is on supporting their participants at all times- and making great strides on meeting Valued Outcomes!”
Employee Satisfaction-“ The pride in a job well done under very trying times – with still much to be done.”
Communicate Effectively-“With all the pressures, programs have happened as planned, annual meetings held, and communications flow as needed.”
Be Innovative- “Reaching out to others to help as needed so the level of service is maintained at a very high level.”
Congratulations to everyone at Community Living Skills-Walton. You are the ultimate example of how mighty many can be when they act as one.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Celebrating Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week

Recognizing Workers Who Support People with Disabilities

In honor of National Direct Support Recognition Week, The Arc of Delaware County, a not for profit organization which supports Delaware County’s children and adults with disabilities to live personally fulfilling lives, joins organizations from around the nation in celebrating its direct support workforce.

National Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week is celebrated annually across the country to honor the tens of thousands of workers who enable people with intellectual, developmental and other significant disabilities and their families to live healthy community-oriented lives.

The Arc of Delaware County has grown exponentially since it was founded in 1967; supporting nearly 400 individuals with disabilities and employing over 200 staff, the majority of which are direct support professionals, making it one of Delaware County’s largest employers. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo joins governors from across the nation in signing a Gubernatorial Proclamation designating this week as Direct Support Professional’s Recognition Week.  This is the sixth consecutive year the U.S. Senate has approved such a resolution. 
“Direct support professionals work tirelessly every day of the year administering skilled and compassionate care to seniors and individuals with disabilities,” Senator Collins (ME) said.  “I commend the important work carried out by direct support professionals that allows these individuals to stay connected with their community and their families, and I am pleased to have supported a resolution honoring all that these professionals do to help those in their care live meaningful and productive lives.” 

Heidi Friedman, Life Coach (aka Direct Support Professional) at The Arc of Delaware County shared “The people I support are exactly like everybody else, in the sense that we are all different. Being a DSP has made such a difference in my life; it can make a difference in your life also.”   
To learn more about Direct Support Professionals view this video: Direct Support Professionals-Helping Individuals with Disabilities Live Personally Fulfilling Lives