At Edgewood with Sarah

Our DSP this week is Maia. She works at our Edgewood home and has been with Living Well Disability Services for over 26 years. She took the job as a new mother who wanted to be close to home and managed to build another family along the way. She has incredible relationships with the people who live and work there and is dedicated beyond measure.

With Colleen by the garden

Program Manager, Prayrit Mahindru, is new to the home and is really enjoying getting to know his team and the crew at Edgewood. He is grateful for the long-term staff at the house and knows they can help him establish incredible relationships with the people there over time. He says, “Working with them for multiple years she knows the ins and outs of their personalities. Maia can easily empathize and give the right kind of love and attention to the people served.” He could also tell when he met Maia that they have similar ways of approaching things and that they both understand there is always a way to get things done, which he appreciates.

At the Saints game with Sarah

Stacy Roberts, Learning and Development Specialist, was the Program Manager at Edgewood before transitioning into her new role. She says, “Simply stated, Maia is amazing. She takes incredible care of all who live at Edgewood and is always making sure that they are living their best lives. She has been with us over 20 years and defines what it means to make a career out of caring.” Stacy adds, “Maia is a true advocate and is always acting in the best interest of those under her care.”

Maia has a kind nature, a passion for the work we do, and an easy laugh. We are so grateful she found us 26 years ago, and stayed with us this long. Maia, we appreciate your hard work and dedication, you are one of the very best.

 

 

ABOUT MAIA

Number of years/months with Living Well: 26 years 5 months

Hobbies/Interests: I love running and reading. I also try to be creative in all aspects of my life including personal and work, so spending time with family and friends and the individuals I work for does not become boring and repetitive.

Education: Master of Science in Organic Chemistry

Job Experience/History: The last job I had before I joined Living Well was as a Teaching Assistant in Chemistry for the University of Colorado.

Favorite part of the job: Seeing when I make a difference in people’s lives.

Favorite or craziest work story: I have been here a long time and have too many to share.

What is your motivation for coming to work: The people I serve at Edgewood. It doesn’t even feel like a job to me, it’s like I am going to another home in the morning.

What made you apply: At the time I was a very new mom and just wanted a job that was walking distance in case I needed to go back home for emergency concerns.

What makes you stay: I love what I do—especially when I can see the end results. Whether it’s a planned vacation or just a walk in the park of the individual’s choosing and I get an appreciative smile on their faces. I have a lot of fun here.

What would you tell people interested in joining the team: It’s a fun and rewarding career, everyone should try the job once.

When not at work what do you like to do for fun: Karaoke, running and trying new work out trends.

Do you volunteer in your community or school: I volunteer at CEAP and The Salvation Army whenever time permits, once a month with my two boys.

 

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.