The 2022 Women’s History Month theme, “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope” is a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers while recognizing the many ways women of all cultures have served as healers, nurturers, and providers throughout history. Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) working at JEVS Human Services are a testament to what it means to selflessly care for and give to others and proof that what began as a career can blossom into much more for not only their clients, but them as well.
We are wrapping up this Women’s History Month by sitting down with some of our amazing DSPs and hearing how working with individuals with disabilities has allowed them to become surrogate mothers, aunts, sisters, and friends to those they serve.
Paula has been working for JEVS Community Living & Home Supports for 30 years, impacting her clients’ lives and helping to make their days better in any way she can.
“I’ve been blessed to be with JEVS for many years. The job is challenging and rewarding, because I’m able to help people and make a positive difference in their lives. It’s a good feeling to know at the end of each work day that I helped someone along their way. I only hope and pray that I have made a positive impact on their lives. The residents become like family, and sometimes we see them more than we see our biological families. It means so much to me to try to help someone along their way.”
Janice has also dedicated 30 years of her life working for JEVS Community Living & Home Supports. She builds relationships with her clients as if they were her own family.
“My clients know my family and even ask about my kids on a regular basis; they are definitely family to us. We have family relationships and we learn from each other regularly. I am not just there to help them, they have helped me grow and become better at what I do. I am grateful for the connection I’ve built with my clients over the years.”
Our frontline workers are like family members, offering support to individuals with disabilities in a nurturing nature. This Women’s History Month and every month to follow, we celebrate their diligence, compassion, and dedication to helping to “make hope happen” day in and day out.