Gabby has been a DSP with RHA for two and a half years. She has been in the professional care field for eight years.
What do you love most about being a DSP?
“I love the relationships I’ve formed with different individuals — each one is unique. I love everything about them… I love what I do. I love going into work because even if one of the people I support is having a bad day — everyone has bad days, so we’re just going to work through it. It’s so rewarding.”
What do you think the most important part of your job is?
“Helping [the people I support] to realize that they can do anything that they want to. Some of them may have to try harder at it, but the encouragement I can give them to help them reach their goals and see them light up when they meet them is something special.”
What would you say to someone who is considering becoming a DSP at RHA?
“It takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and patience to do this job. If you can get through all of that, though, it’s one of the best, most rewarding things you can experience.”
Gabby was nominated by Melissa Bartlett, IDD Administrator in TN, who said:
“She always goes above and beyond for [the people we support]. Gabby has also spent several weekends coming to the assistance of staff in other locations. Even though she was not as familiar with the unit/home/persons supported in those locations, they all had nothing but wonderful things to say about her when she arrived and worked there.”