Our DSP this week is Olayinka, also known as Ola. She works overnights at our Cope house and has been with us since 2015.

Being in the overnight position means that Ola spends her nights helping the people in the home rest comfortably with minimal distraction during middle of the night bathroom breaks. She keeps the house clean and tidy, helps get people ready in the morning, and prepares breakfast for the home before she heads out for the day. Her work sets up the morning shift for success, and her coworkers appreciate her hard work. She has built incredible bonds with the staff and the people in the home and considers them all family.

Program Manager, Erica Donovan, says, “Ola is great with our people and is very patient. She helps everyone with what they need and has incredible relationships with the people in the house. Just a few weeks ago she came in for some training and stayed to help celebrate Mary Jo’s birthday.” The Cope crew have a lot of fun with each other, and the dedication staff like Ola bring to the job is incredible.

Ola, you are a delight, and we appreciate all you do for Living Well. Your contributions to the house are abundant, and we are happy to have you on the team. Thank you for making a career out of caring.




Number of years/months with Living Well: 8 years 4 months

Hobbies: I like to travel and spend time with my family. I also enjoy going to church.

Education: I have a degree in accounting in social work.

Job Experience/History: In addition to my work at Living Well, I am also working as a supervisor at another company in a similar field. Prior to this I worked doing accounting jobs, then when I entered this field, I started at a youth home.

Favorite part of the job: I will say the people we serve. I have interest in giving what I have by helping and making sure they get the care they deserve and doing the best I can. It is fulfilling work.

What is your motivation for coming to work: When I come in, I have the joy that I am coming to see my family, because I see them as a family.

What made you apply: I found it on the internet and was also referred by an employee at the company. I have always worked in the overnight role here, and I pick up other shifts sometimes as well.

What makes you stay: The residents, they have my heart. I was at the funeral when someone died a few years ago, and the loss was felt deeply. She was someone who I always looked forward to seeing. Anytime I enter the room I still kind of picture her and hear her words. I would also like to recognize Josie, as she is a great leader and a wonderful supervisor. I always look forward to working with her. And Erica is great as well. I can see she is taking the first step and is going to go places like Josie, too.

What would you tell people interested in joining the team: Living Well is a great company, and for someone to work for the company and not want to leave you will know it is a company you will want to tell people about. They put the staff and residents first, which is awesome. Living Well will always keep the interests of the people served and staff first.

When not at work what do you like to do for fun: I like to travel and hang out with friends. I also like to do activities with church.

Do you volunteer in your community or school: I do food pantry work and serve hot meals during the holidays and weekends with church. It gives me joy to see the elderly and the smiles you see on people’s faces gives me joy.



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 Devan Heinsen for sponsorship opportunities.