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DSP of the Third Quarter Named

WEDSP-3rd-Quarter-Kim-PorterLLSVILLE, NY – Allegany Arc continues to find ways to celebrate employees. In 2015, they started a program to honor residential Direct Support Professionals (DSP) of the month, quarter and year.

Maggie Paine, Residential Director, said this of the program, “Monthly, each of the eight IRAs select one DSP based on input from the individuals and staff at the home. The eight staff are recognized for their hard work and adherence to the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) code of ethics. At the conclusion of each quarter, the VOICE Self-Advocacy group is asked to choose a DSP for higher recognition. VOICE is not provided with the names of the staff, only the description or reasons that each person was chosen. Kim Porter who works at Allegany Arc’s Knights Creek Residence (KCR) site was named DSP of the Quarter and will receive a reward of her choosing.”

“Kim is a very hard worker and has a great work ethic,” said Maggie. “Kim has been named DSP of the month two times in 2015 and she was selected DSP of the Quarter because she helped coordinate a camping trip to support the individuals who reside at Allegany Arc’s KCR site. Kim is a valuable member of the team; she helps the individuals to be successful in everyday life and she helps her team members succeed in their work.”

Kim has worked at Allegany Arc for five years. Her job duties at Allegany Arc include providing training and direct care support to people with disabilities, as well as creating meal menus and planning activities. Kim’s favorite part of her job is assisting and caring for the individuals at KCR. In her free time, Kim enjoys nature walks, making quilts and creating diaper cakes.

Maggie continued, “We are proud of our entire Residential Team and wanted to have an opportunity to share with the community what a great group of employees we have. Monthly honorees receive special recognition at work and a personal letter from Allegany Arc Administration thanking them for their dedication. Our small token of appreciation doesn’t fully express how thankful we are for the incredible work they do on a daily basis.”

July DSP Honorees were Cecil Irish, Erienne Burton, Mike Ryan, Shawna Cwiklinski, Sheyenne Santas, Joye Hornsby, Venus Nickerson and Amy Freidly.

August DSP Honorees included Teresa Elliott, Shelley Fuller, Kristen Stilson, Courtney Speta, Kim Porter, Ruth Pounds, Jill Baker and Julie Harrison.

September DSP Honorees were Jenn Kurk, Jennifer Dunbar, Chris Blade, Elizabeth Rogers, Kim Porter, Dee Westbrook, Lyzz Dimpfl and Jessica Faulkner.

Allegany Arc wants to congratulate all of the Honorees for the third quarter and to Kim Porter for being named “DSP of the Quarter.”


CAPTION: Matthew Brundage, Residential Manager, Kim Porter, DSP, and Brian Daley, VOICE Member, stand for picture after Kim was recognized as Allegany Arc’s DSP of the Quarter.

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