MITC has awarded a total of $5,000 to Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who stand out and go above and beyond to provide exemplary service.
MITC values the hard work put forth by DSPs everyday, and is hoping to show our appreciation through these prizes!
After receiving 500+ nominations from hundreds of agencies, the 2022 winners of the MITC DSP Awards was chosen. After reading through his incredible story, William Jackson was chosen as the $1,000 grand prize winner.
William has been a full time employee at TARC working almost 80 hours a week for 5 years now. He has been primarily working with one main individual but has been cross trained and filled in for at least 8 other clients with disabilities. William has near perfect attendance for 5 years, never calls out, and is always engaged with his clients. William has stood up for his clients and defended them when people made ugly remarks and put himself in harms way to protect them.
William has donated his free time, his vehicle, his handy work and his personal items to clients. He has given clients in need clothes, fixed holes in a wall for a client that couldn’t afford repairs, helped moved clients that couldn’t afford movers and used his own time and gas money, has driven/ridden 4-5 hours to get behavior clients out of the hospital so that they could return home, never disrespects office staff or co-workers, always completes all required paperwork. William is always engaged with his client when on outings. He makes sure that everyone is having a great time when on group trips and assists everyone, not just the person he is working with.
They do not make individuals like William anymore. He is not here for a paycheck, he is here because he cares! That is a hard quality to find these days. William is an ex-police officer, who stepped down to really make a difference in the life of someone who needed him. He is always defending his client and even gives up his seat for his client to be able to sit down. He treats his clients like equals and always finds something enjoyable for them to do together. He betters the lives of each individual he works with. He has helped many clients with self esteem issues step out of their shells and became vibrant interactive individuals. He allows his individuals to aide in helping them cooking , etc. and has given them the credit for it when people compliment them. William truly gives his individuals a shoulder to lean on and listens to each of their problems with empathy. He put his own life on hold to secure the safety, well being and happiness of his clients.
From all of us here at MITC, thank you to all DSPs who go above an beyond every day. Your stories and dedication to the individuals you serve is inspiring!
To learn more about all of our 2022 winners, download the ebook!