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ForNationalDirectSupportProfessionalRecognitionWeekinSeptemberILAhonoredselectedILADirectCareCounselorsDCCsinceremoniesatthe103ClintonAvenueandHopeAvenueresidences.Connectivityandafamily-likeenvironmentAt103ClintonBrooklynDCCswererecognizedfortheirexemplaryround-the-clockcareofILAsIndividuals.AddressingthehonoreesAreaCoordinatorFredaMcDufesaidYourspiritsleadyouinsuchapositivedirection.Youexemplifythequalitiesthatweexpectfromourcounselors.ILAsDirectorofOperationsAvaMorganandDirectorofResidentialServicesPatriciaPerkinswerealsoat103Clintontospreadtheaccolades.PatriciacommentedTheworkistoughbutyouloveyourIndividualsandtheyloveyou.ShealsocreditedILAsAreaCoordinatorsandtheHumanResourcesteamfortheirhardworkinorganizingtherecognitionevents.AvasaidIalsoworkedindirectcare.ItistheheartofwhatwedobecauseeverydaywehavetoensurethatourIndividualsarebeingtakencareof.Avaalsonotedhowtheeldischangingthankstonewcerticationsbythestateaswellasacodeofethicsthatdirectsupportprofessionalsmustsign.Whatthisdoesisbroadenyouropportunitiesinmovingupintheeldandtowhateverdirectionyoudecidetopursue.Wewanttothankyouverymuchforyourdedicationloyaltyandhardwork.Werespectandappreciatewhatyoudoeveryday.CongratulationstoallDirectCareCounselorsHonoredinBrooklynandStatenIslandByKellyKassContributingWritertrulyliveoutthemissionstatementoftheAgency.EverypieceofinformationknownaboutourIndividualsisfromtheexperienceandobservationofdirectcarecounselors.Theyaretrueprofessionals.StatenIslandAreaCoordinatorLindaSchnabelremarkedDirectcarestaffplaynumerousrolesinourIndividualslivesbutmostimportantlytheyaretheirvoices.Theydeserveourappreciationandrespecteveryday.Itwasanabsolutepleasuretobeapartofsuchajoyousoccasion.FrancisBatamawasoneofthedaysluckyawardrecipientsrecognizedforhisworkasadirectcarecounseloratHopeAvenue.ReactingtothehonorFrancissaidIamthankfultotheILAfamilyespeciallythemanagementthatselectedmefortheaward.IwillcontinuetokeepmyIndividualshappyatalltimes.CommentingontheweeksrecognitioneventsAreaCoordinatorFayeBobb-SampsonsaidIstartedoutindirectcare.Withoutdirectcarecounselorsthereisnous.WhateverweaskincludingworkingdoubleshiftsduringHurricaneSandytheydo.Individualslooktodirectcarestaffeverydaytheyarethefamilytheyknow.Theydependonthemandtrustthemanddirectcarecounselorsarethereinsicknesshappinessandcelebration.FayealsolaudedILAforregularlyrecognizingdirectcaresupportstaffWealsohonoroneortwopeopleataresidenceeverymonthtoletthemknowthatwereawareofthegreatjobtheyredoing.Theworkthatdirectcarestaffdoesistrulypriceless.Attendeesatthe103ClintonAvenueeventweremovedbytheoutpouringofappreciationduringtheceremonywhichincludednotonlykindwordsfromsupervisorsandAreaCoordinatorsbutgiftcardsrosesandacateredluncheon.AvideoproducedbyBenjaminSotoResourceSpecialistexhibitedtheexcellentqualityofcaredirectcarecounselorsgivetoIndividuals.AntoinetteFortesAssistantSupervisorof40GarnetStreetremarkedIthinkorganizinganeventliketodaysiswonderful.ItshowsthattheAgencyappreciatestheworkthatpeopledo.Thissetsagoodexampleforotherstoaspireto.Manystaffstayintheeldfor20-30yearsbecausetheyfeelaconnectionwiththeIndividuals.Thebondleadstorealconnectivityandafamily-likeenvironmentsaidMs.Fortes.TheyliveoutthemissionAtHopeAvenueinStatenIslandthemoodwasequallyspiritedduringthefestivities.HopeAvenuesResidentialSupervisorDanielMikokuenjoyedthecamaraderieofthedayaswellasthehumbleresponseofmanyoftheawardrecipients.Whatstoodouttomewasthattheyacknowledgedtheirsuccesswasbasedlargelyonteameffort.Danielalsolikedthebalanceofnewandrepeatnominees.Danielknowsthatthejobofdirectcarecounselorsisextremelyimportant.HepointedoutthattheyneedanIndividual-centeredapproachstronginitiativetheabilitytoworkasateamandintrinsicself-motivation.IconsiderDCCstobetheheartbeatofthiseld.They6