Each year ANCOR, the American Network of Community and Resources, recognizes outstanding direct support professionals with ANCOR Awards. This year ANCOR created 5 new awards to recognize DSPs from around the country who showed excellence in 1 of 5 fields: advocacy, leadership, innovation, NADSP tenets, and relationships; only two people are awarded in each category from every submission across the country. This year Beth Ryan won an award with special commendation for her efforts in advocacy!
“Under our original system where we had only one winner per state and then a national winner, we saw a lot of excellent DSPs not receive recognition because their state produced several great candidates and judges had to make tough calls to pick only one. That’s why we created the category awards – to be able to expand our recognition not just to a DSP’s overall actions but also to DSPs who really exemplified advocacy, leadership, innovation, relationships and DSP tenets.” Doris Parfaite-Claude, Federal Advocacy and Research Manager.
(Pictured are William T. & Richard M. with Beth)
We couldn’t be more grateful! This Give to the Max Day we had a goal of $7,500 and thought we were aiming really high. Much higher than we’d reached in previous years. Then we were bowled over by the generosity of our friends at Think Mutual Bank who contributed $2,500 in match funds to help prime the pump! We not only met our match, but we exceeded our goal of $7,500. This year our generous donors helped us raise more than we have in any of the past three years. THANK YOU! With your help, we’re able to ensure that people impacted by disabilities live with opportunity, choice and dignity. YOU are transforming lives!
Photographer Shawn Nielsen has a passion to discover why and how people work in positions of service to others. As the 31st installment of his series, he came to visit our offices to meet two of our many outstanding direct support professionals and one of the individuals whom we support. Kit and Teewon shared insights about their choice to give back in what they do — that they get so much more in return. Teewon, especially, expressed a commitment in “being a voice for the voiceless.” In Nielsen’s words, “Kit said that she believes she does this out of a firm belief that there really is no greater gift than to serve one another. As they shared their hearts and a few stories they smiled as they spoke of the people that they get to help walk through life. Teewon and Kit help give dignity and steadfast support to those that they care for.” Take a look at the fantastic photos and read more of the interview here.
We were honored to be awarded the Silver level Workplace Achievement Award on November 8th, 2017. The American Heart Association has defined best practices for employers to use to build a culture of health for their employees in the workplace. The American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index measures the extent to which the company has implemented those workplace health best practices. Companies recognized at the Silver level have achieved an Index score of 130 – 174 out of a maximum 217 points. Living Well Disability Services continually practices wellness in all areas of the workplace. To have this honor is validation that we are actualizing our goals of healthier lives for staff and for those we support. You can read more about the award here.
At Living Well Disability Services, we’re proud to be recognized as a Minnesota Business Magazine Leaders in Health Care – Employee Wellness Program Award winner in 2016! This award recognizes Minnesota based “individuals and companies that have supported or accelerated the regional health care industry through innovations in the medical field, corporate philanthropy, and workplace innovations.” Living Well Disability Services is recognized as an innovator and leader in employee and workplace wellness. View the other winners and finalists, and read more here.
Our staff work to support individuals with disabilities and each person supported creates an individualized wellness plan with personal goals aimed at physical fitness and community connections. Plans include health coaching, horticulture, art and music therapies, volunteerism, and mind body wellness. Improved nutrition and increased physical activity has resulted in a better quality of life for both employees and people with disabilities. Read more about our wellness philosophy, here: https://livingwell.org/wellness