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Monarch Spotlight: Mindy Fowler

SpotlightThis month’s spotlight features Direct Support Professional Mindy Fowler who works in the Supported Living Program in Stanly County. Be sure to thank a direct support professional during National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week, Sept.13-19, 2015.

Tell us about Monarch’s supported living program.
It's a program where individuals live in their own homes or apartments and are provided with the needed support to live as independently as possible. We help them with their budgeting, doctor's appointments and getting involved in the community or with their family. We assist them with personal care when they ask. We provide a listening ear and refer them to other professionals when needed. We try to assist them in getting the things that are important to them, whether it's specific items at the grocery store or a new TV.

What is the most important aspect of being a direct support professional, or what do you love most about it?
Being part of their lives and feeling like their extended family.

What has been your most rewarding or satisfying experience, or your proudest moment while working here?
The whole job has been rewarding. I worked with a gentleman who started out very quiet and shy, but over the years with support and encouragement he would voice his opinion. Really, the most satisfying part is the fact that the people I work with allow me to be a part of their lives and trust me to be there for them.

What do you do when you aren't working?
I raise my grandchildren, and take care of things for my adult children and friends.  I enjoy swimming, gardening and cooking for big groups of people.

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