On May 8th ANCOR American Network of Community Options and Resources, recognized Tom Mohrland who works at Dakota Communities’ Maplewood home as the 2012 Direct Support Professional of the Year for Minnesota.
“Dakota Communities is proud of Tom’s recognition. This honor is a reflection of Tom’s commitment to supporting people with disabilities, and the quality of services provided by Dakota Communities,” said Julie Manworren, President and CEO.
Direct Support Professionals (DSPs)—often referred to as caregivers, personal assistants and direct care or homecare aides—provide daily support services for millions of Americans with disabilities. Thanks to DSPs, people with disabilities are able to live fulfilling and independent lives and be active participants in their communities.
“DSPs are an essential element of the social and economic life in communities throughout the country,” says Wendy Sokol, president of ANCOR. “It is important that we recognize these individuals, like Tom, who give so much every day to our families, our friends, our neighbors.”
The ANCOR Direct Support Professional Recognition Award is judged on criteria in concert with the overall philosophy of ANCOR’s National Advocacy Campaign. Among other criteria, nominees are judged on their effectiveness in building social networks; meaningful and productive participation in the community for the people they serve; and advocating or effecting change on behalf of people with disabilities.
“This year’s national and state DSP of the Year were chosen from among 212 nominations of highly qualified DSPs,” said ANCOR CEORenee Pietrangelo. “Tom’’s consistent commitment to improving people’s access to and engagement in the community deserves public recognition as well as our utmost regard and respect.”
Congratulations to Tom for his 21 years of care and committment to the people supported by Dakota Communities. He is also the deserving winner of an ARRM Cares Award this year, which he will receive at a ceremony on May 24th.