SIS staff recognized during DSP Recognition Week
This month's regular staff meeting at Stanly Industrial Services (SIS) in Albemarle turned into a Direct Support Week Staff appreciation, according to Kerry Martin, site manager at SIS. Staff members were presented with certificates of appreciation and served ice cream and a cake that read: "Thank you all for that you do". A huge banner hung overhead the entire week that conveyed the same message of appreciation.
Fun Day generates lots of smiles
More than 225 people supported, their families, friends, staff, and volunteers enjoyed a day at the County Fair, the theme of this year’s Family Fun Day held at Frank Liske Park in Concord. Participants enjoyed good food, fun, fellowship, carnival games, prizes, music, line dancing and much more during the second annual event sponsored by Region 3.
“We hosted this event two years ago as a way to celebrate friends and family,” exclaimed Christy Shaver, regional director. “We have been very pleased both times we have held this event.”
Families and volunteers were also pleased with the enthusiasm and excitement the event generated among participants.
“I was pleasantly surprised with all the effort, by staff, to make this a wonderful experience for clients, family members, and staff,” said Myrt Shaff, whose son Brian is supported by Monarch. “We enjoyed the DJ, watching the dancing and having good times to the music... Brian and I both had a great time.”
Dannie Burris, of Albemarle, agreed. Dannie was among several who volunteered his time and brought a large grill. Burris, staff and others endured the heat of the day and the heat from the grill to prepare hotdogs and hamburgers.
“This is a great day and a great event,” Dannie said. “I enjoy helping out in our community, especially for an organization like this one that does so much to make people happy. Look at all the smiling faces here.”
The biggest smiles of the day belonged to the residents of the Lake Monroe Home in Union County. The group was named grand prize winners of two-day passes to the water park at Great Wolf Lodge in Concord.
Pictured above: Top - Megan Todd, qualified professional; and Angela Furr, administrative assistant, take a moment to pose with the photo prop. Directly above - Staff and residents of Lake Monroe jump for joy when their home was called for the big prize.
Click here to view more photos from Family Fun Day on Monarch’s Facebook page.
Service with Dignity conference held for direct support professionals
Over two days, approximately 180 direct support professionals attended “Service with Dignity,” a Direct Support Professional Conference held Sept. 17-18 at Stanly Regional Medical Center in Albemarle.
The conference addressed important topics that affect direct service staff and the people they support. Conference presenters discussed providing quality and thoughtful care, effective ways to promote healthy relationships for people supported, how to avoid “wounds,” person-centered practices, community inclusion strategies, and more.
Presenters included Jim Kelley, chief operating officer; and Amanda Nicholson, quality management services coordinator, who discussed Performance Outcome Measures (POMs).
Conference participants also got an opportunity to network with their peers and share best practices. Hosted and organized by Region’s 3 Christy Shaver, regional director, and Angela Furr, administrative assistant, other “Service with Dignity” conferences have been and are planned in all regions throughout the agency.