With some of the crew at the Staff Picnic in May.

Our DSP this week is Alejandro, and he works with our team at the Thompson house. He started with us a year ago in February and over the 15 months he has been with Living Well, he has grown into an incredible DSP. It is clear he is kind and genuinely invested in his job, and that he gets as much as he gives at work.

David and Alejandro at MOA.

Since he started, he has assisted people on vacations, gone on many adventures and spent easy relaxing days at the house. Having worked in fast food prior to joining Living Well, he knows what it is like to be on the receiving end of a bad mood at a cash register, and truly loves coming to a job where he is helping people and where people are happy to see him. He admits he doubted his decision to join the team at first, then almost immediately grew to enjoy the work.

With family and friends.

Cynthia Hinojosa, Program Manager, says, “I am so proud of the incredible progress Alejandro has made since he first came here. He’s grown to become a great young man that cooks, takes initiative, and cares for people served like they should be cared for. Nothing but exceptional work when it comes to him. I know he will continue to do great things.”

Alejandro, we thank you for taking the chance and trying something new and are delighted to have you on the team. The way you support the people at Thompson is delightful, and we appreciate your hard work and dedication to everyone at Thompson.




Number of years/months with Living Well:   1 year 3 months

With his neice.

Hobbies/Interests: I like to sell clothes I get at thrift stores or no longer need online for fun, and making a little money is a plus. I also enjoy hanging out with family and friends and am a foodie who likes to try new foods. I love any new restaurant, and all cultures of food, and will try just about anything.

Job Experience/History:  Before Living Well I worked in the fast-food industry, and it wasn’t the best experience. I had to deal with rude customers, so I decided it wasn’t for me.

Favorite part of the job: My fav part I would say is making sure the residents look and feel their best. Going to take them on outings is fun. And I like to try to encourage them to face their fears a little and try new things.

Favorite or craziest work story: I recently went on a trip with one of my residents. He had not been on a plane in decades. We encouraged him in, and he went on with a little support. Because he felt so comfortable with us and felt safe, it went really well. It felt really good that we got him on the plane and now he will be going on more vacations! It was empowering for him, and it made me feel good to be able to help him face that discomfort with assistance.

What is your motivation for coming to work: Knowing that people at the homes with needs are taken care of. Chitchatting and interacting with them is fun. I love the work here, there are so many different personalities, and we have lots of fun at work. We try to make sure they always have a special day, that is my goal to help them have a great day.

What made you apply: Basically, I didn’t love my other job, and wasn’t happy serving rude people. And when my friend recommended Living Well, I was like, I would rather serve people with disabilities who are kindhearted people, than entitled people who are rude.

What makes you stay: I would say the residents and the staff. I love the staff. It is a very positive environment and everyone is so friendly.

What would you tell people interested in joining the team: I tell them to just go for it. When I first started I was second guessing myself, because I wasn’t really sure about it. But it is a really rewarding job. You will make great friends. The whole company is top notch, and they really care about the staff. They train you very well, and that helps a lot. This was a big change for me, and it turned out great.

When not at work what do you like to do for fun: I like to go to the park with my friends and sometimes we play basketball or soccer. I enjoy Thompson Park in West St Paul it is beautiful.

Do you volunteer in your community or school: I volunteered in High School walking the neighbor’s dog and mowing lawns.






Want to nominate a DSP? Please email jessica.maurer@livingwell.org to nominate a Living Well DSP. Special thanks to Miles and Cheri Cohen for their support of DSP of Week. Want to join them in underwriting our DSP Shoutout Program? Please contact Jamee Yung for sponsorship opportunities.