Honoring JSDD Employees…Winter 2023
JSDD continues to grow and broaden its work through Residential Services, WAE Center, Therapeutic Services and Heidi Gallery programming. None of this work would be possible without the skill and passion of our stellar staff. Typically, there are two parties thrown to give everyone an opportunity to enjoy one another’s company, relax and celebrate the years’ accomplishments. WAE Center staffers celebrated on December 8th and Residential Services came together for a luncheon on December 13th.
Harry Klein, Director of the WAE Center spoke to those gathered about the specific impact each person makes in the daily magic of the WAE Center program and community.
Executive Director, Linda Press welcomed everyone and reiterated that the success of the WAE Center was due to the people in the room whose dedication, creativity and support has allowed the groundbreaking program to flourish. Linda emphasized that because of the commitment of the staff, facilitators and of course the participants, the WAE Center will be celebrating it 20th year in 2024!
Residential Director, Leticia Waymer addressed over sixty members of the administrative team, group home managers and Direct Service Professionals (DSPs) gathered to reminisce about the previous year and look forward to the year ahead. Director of Nursing, Jennifer Fay organized an enormous White Elephant Exchange. Each home put together festive baskets. Some had themes like “movie night”, or “spa day” while others were baskets full of their favorite things.
Linda Press addressed the group with heartfelt thanks for the incredible work the DSP’s do on a daily basis. Their support and compassion allow JSDD residents to live full, wonderful lives. The dedication of the residential team was evident when Linda announced employment milestones.