At our Northland office with Justine for volunteer event.

Our DSP this week is Vincent. He works at our Paul’s Place house and has been with Living Well for almost five years. He is a gentle and caring man, who does everything he can to support the people at the home as well as his coworkers. In addition to his time at Paul’s Place he also picks up shifts at Thompson, Diane, and Poppler—and much to our delight, he is liked by everyone.

At Paul’s Place with Tom.

Kelsey Schoeberl, Program Manager at Paul’s Place, says, “There are two things about Vincent that stand out, he is very caring, and he would do anything for the people he supports.” She adds, “The people who live and work here adore him. He is always happy, and I have never seen him in a bad mood. Vincent knows the house very well and I trust his opinion. He does a great job, and I am so happy to work with him.”

Cynthia Hinojosa, Program Manager at Thompson, says, “When I think about Vincent the words helpful, supportive, gentle, and hardworking come to mind. He sacrifices his time to help when he is needed and never complains. Truly, not only a great asset, but a blessing wherever he goes and touches hearts.”

Vincent, we appreciate the amazing work you do at Living Well, the amazing relationships you have built with the people you care for, and the supportive way you show up for coworkers. We are grateful for your kindness and the way you make so many people a priority in your day. Thank you for making the work look easy when we all know it can be overwhelming.

 

 

ABOUT VINCENT

Number of years/months with Living Well: 4 years 10 months

Hobbies/Interests: I like reading, and really enjoy biographies of American presidents. I have read both Bush Jr. and Bush Sr., Clinton, Obama, and Barbara Bush. The history of America is so good, I think everybody wants to know this info.

Education: I have a law degree, which I received in Kenya. When you do the bar exam you defend clients, and I was an advocate and prosecutor.

Job Experience/History: I still occasionally practice Law online. I have clients for whom I file submissions and appeals back in Kenya.

Favorite part of the job: When you understand that these people depend on us to do things, the work feels important. That is the favorite part for me, helping them as they look to us for help. When you see them happy that is the greatest feeling.

Favorite or craziest work story: One day I took Justine for a dental appointment, and it was the first time I accompanied her to the dentist. We are so close, and she trusts me with anything. So, when she didn’t want the staff to touch her, they didn’t know what to do. She was gesturing to them she wanted me to be there. So, I held her, and I helped her, and now there is no other way. She cooperated with my help. I could tell they were wondering why we are so close as we are from different cultures. But it didn’t last long, they were impressed that she trusted me so much, and thought it was great.

What is your motivation for coming to work: When you know that there are people who are in need, and unable to do things by themselves who rely on you, and without you they cannot do it—the work becomes the motivation. Once they have built a connection, they choose you as a person they put all their trust in. It feels like a family now, and that is motivating.

What made you apply: I was looking online then I applied when I found Living Well. I try to support my manager here, make sure that Kelsey doesn’t fail. I want to make her job easier, to make sure she succeeds. We have a great team.

What makes you stay: Sometimes you feel like you want to move on, then you remember the connections you made. When I am away for even a few days, I want to come back. And they are missing you and asking about you, which is nice.

What would you tell people interested in joining the team: It is a good place to work, less stressful and generally the managers that I know are very understanding. I pick up shifts at Diane, Thompson, and Poppler. If I need a day off anywhere, they are all very understanding.

When not at work what do you like to do for fun: I like watching movies and sports, soccer, and basketball—athletics in general. Marathons are fun to watch, people from my country are huge runners, always doing well. And I am a huge Vikings fan.

Do you volunteer in your community or school: I volunteer at church, helping in the neighborhood and counseling kids.

 

 

 

 

 

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.