Everyone is asking, “How long can this go on?” At this time, we still do not know when social isolation and quarantines will end. But, we are making the best of the situation and one of the positive things we can do is continually find ways to show our appreciation for Opengate’s Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who work heroically so our individuals have the least amount of disruption in their lives.
On April 22 a team of masked administrative staff members drove to each of our residences with their cars decorated to personally thank our DSPs and to recognize their extraordinary efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Keeping the mood lighthearted, Kristen Elkins and Zuleika Liriano dressed as dinosaurs to give everyone something to laugh about during this stressful time. It was delightful to see the smiles behind the masks!
Signs were created with thanks and quotes acknowledging the staff at each home and to let them know we couldn’t get through this without them. Staff members planted the signs and passed out goodie bags as a daily reminder that they are true heroes.
The employee appreciation tour was a team effort between residential, training, compliance and maintenance staff. June Jarvis, Vikki Nassetta, Jonathan Schultz, Monica Healey, Zuleika Liriano, Terrance Harris, Africa Staples, Peter Ferdico, Pete Zamlowski and Gerri Murtha were all involved in some aspect of the day, whether it was the planning or driving the tour itself.
Opengate recognizes that many of our employees are struggling with their own personal difficulties during this unexpected crisis, and yet, they are dedicated to ensuring our individuals are safe and well supported. We are grateful for all who have stepped up with donations to assist us in purchasing personal protective equipment, games and recreational items, along with funding incentives for our hard working DSPs.
If you are able to help, here is information about how you can show gratitude for their continued dedication to the individuals we serve.