Last week we launched the DSP Shoutout program that will honor one Direct Support Professional each week of the year. With 500 staff, and 52 weeks, we have a large pool of incredible candidates to choose from and lots of opportunities to shine a light on their hard work. Each recipient will be featured in a weekly email and on this blog and will receive a small gift card and certificate to show our appreciation.
Omobola, who often goes by Bola, works at one of our newest homes, Mears. For years she was at Diane Road and has established relationships with many of the people she cares for. Megan Burgeson, Living Well LPN, who is also on the COVID Nursing Team, says, “Omobola is kind, compassionate and very easy to work with. She brings her dedication to work with her every day. She steps up when it is needed, and we are all very lucky to know her!” And Devona Verdeja, Program Manager at our Cloman home, enthusiastically reports, “Bola is one of our best! She is a dedicated, hardworking employee who strives to provide excellent care, further her knowledge and build her leadership skills.” Devona says Bola is kind and cares about the work she does, the people it impacts and the team she works alongside. Adding, “Bola is an extraordinary caregiver and shows compassion in her work with people. As a manager, Bola is honest and encouraging and brings an uplifting energy to those around her.”
As you can see, Living Well is lucky to have her on the team. Thanks to Bola for showing up every day with grace and gratitude in her heart.
Name: Omobola (Bola) Akakpo
Number of years/months with Living Well: 7 years and 9 months
Hobbies/Interests: Meeting and Talking with new people, cooking, watching Bollywood movies, and I also recently developed an interest in reading.
Education: BA of Science (Nigeria), Currently in College—Practical Nursing (US)
Job Experience/History: Currently a DSP at Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota and APM at Living Well Disability.
Favorite part of the job: Caring for the residents. Spending time with them in and out of the house, as well as seeing them smile during and after outings or doing little activities they enjoy.
Favorite or craziest work story: I was once surprised on my birthday by my coworkers. I was always the one in charge of organizing birthday events, so I was very surprised when they met me at the door with a cake and they sang for me. I was so happy, and I felt so loved at that moment. It gave me so much more motivation for my job.
What is your motivation for coming to work? The people we serve stand as a great motivation for me. With the amount of time I have spent with them, I feel a familial connection to them. So, every day when I come to work, I feel like I am coming to my second family.
What made you apply: I really liked the idea of being able to care for people. That is a really big part of my personality but also, I really like being amongst different people from different walks of life.
What made you stay: The people we serve are a great reason why I enjoy work and have stayed for a long time. The clients really tug at my heartstrings whenever I interact with them.
What would you tell people interested in joining the team: To fully enjoy the work experience, be ready to work hard, have patience, consistency, respect for everyone and most importantly, compassion.
When not at work what do you like to do for fun: Hanging out with my family, watching new movies/shows or catching up on old ones, and shopping.
Do you volunteer in your community or school: In my leisure time, I volunteer at Feed My Starving Children.
Want to nominate a DSP? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to nominate a Living Well Disability Service DSP. Thank you!
Want to underwrite our DSP Shoutout Program? Please contact Devan Heinsen at email@example.com for sponsorship opportunities.