Having fun at the house.

In perfect timing for National Volunteer Week, our DSP this week is Revina. This incredible woman started as a volunteer back in 2013 and shortly after that transitioned to working as a DSP. She works at our Elgin home and has been with Living Well Disability Services for over 10 years. Revina works well with everybody and is an amazing team player. She is also the chef of the house and prepares delicious dinners for the home whenever she is working.

Enjoying a beautiful day.

Program Manager, Chinatu Ejodamen, says, “Revina is very respectful and self-motivated. She speaks softly and peacefully with the people she takes care of. Revina knows how to communicate with them as individuals, and she makes it fun. Many of the people are nonverbal and they will make sounds together and communicate in a unique way.” This musical version of communication comes easy to Revina as she is a natural caregiver and is receptive to the needs of others.

Chinatu and Revina at the 2023 ARRM Forward Conference.

Last July Revina and Chinatu attended the ARRM Forward Conference. The conference is the largest educational event focused on front-line support staff and middle management development in Minnesota, drawing more than 700 DSPs, site supervisors, program managers, program directors, executives and more. Together they attended sessions with other DSPs from organizations throughout the state, as well as a large group from Living Well.

Revina is a wonderful asset to the Elgin team, and we are very lucky she found us a decade ago. Revina, we appreciate your hard work, dedication, and delicious food! Thank you for making a career out of caring.

 

 

ABOUT REVINA

Number of years/months with Living Well: 10 years 6 months.

Hobbies: I love cooking and travelling.

Education: Diploma in coding from Tanzania.

Job Experience/History: Prior to this I worked at Valley Natural Foods for 10 years as a production cook. Then here at Living Well Disability Services as DSP for 9 years and as an APM for 16 months.

Favorite part of the job: Preparing daily meals and doing daily personal cares.

What is your motivation for coming to work: Understanding, communication, and teamwork among my coworkers in supporting and taking good care of the people we support. Seeing the people I support happy and healthy.

What made you apply: I started as volunteer in 2013 then transitioned to DSP. Taking care of and supporting people in need is what made me apply.

What makes you stay: I love working with the people I support, the Elgin team, and Living Well in general.

What would you tell people interested in joining the team: Living Well is the best place to work.

When not at work what do you like to do for fun: I like to spend time with my family and doing my house chores.

Do you volunteer in your community: Not at this time, but I started at Living Well as a volunteer.

 

 

 

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@livignwell.org for sponsorship opportunities.