The week of Sept. 13 is “Direct Support Professional Appreciation Week.” It is no secret that DSP’s are Optimae LifeService’s life blood. They are incredibly crucial to not only ourselves but also to the individuals who have been placed in their care. Be it during a worldwide pandemic, or in the wake of a natural disaster, our DSP’s show up to face any challenge.
Before we delve into this Mississippi Bend’s nominations, we have an additional nomination from the Great River region.
Lee County nominates Jeremy Zufall. Jeremy has been a DSP with Optimae one year this month! Jeremy is very flexible with his schedule allowing his supervisor to arrange his schedule as needed. Jeremy has been working his community hours and covering site hours when open. Jeremy has very little to no complaints when asked to take on more responsibilities. Jeremys communication skills exceed the rest of my staff as far as communicating client needs. Jeremy is a great team player and can be depended on.
Now onto the Mississippi Bend region, which is highlighted on the service map to the right.
During this year’s DSP Appreciation week, the Mississippi Bend Region would like to honor and send special thanks to Chrissy Krummel and Valley Logel for their dedication and commitment to serving our customers with disabilities.
In 1983 Chrissy started her employment as a certified medication aide at the Muscatine County Care Facility (RCF). In 1998 Valley started her employment in the dietary department. Both made the move to Optimae Life Services (ResCare at the time) when the company began operating Muscatine County’s RCF in May, 2001.
Through change and transition Chrissy and Valley have been strong team members that could be counted on to help their teammates and customers move through these situations. Their dependability and flexibility have made them particularly valuable in their DSP role to supervisors and regional leadership. Their compassion and empathy have allowed them to build great rapport with customers they have served.
During their 19 years with Optimae they have truly made a difference in the lives of many individuals. Thank you Chrissy and Valley for your many years of unwavering service to Optimae customers.