Ricky Williams Honored for Work as a Direct Support Professional
New Jersey MENTOR’s Ricky Williams, a Direct Support Professional (DSP) in our Second Chance program, was the winner of a recent contest honoring DSPs of The MENTOR Network. Ricky submitted feedback about his role as a DSP and won a trip to The MENTOR Network’s annual Ripple of Hope Awards ceremony, which recognizes outstanding employees and Mentors whose passion, energy and skill have created a positive impact in the lives of others. This year’s ceremony will take place November 14 at the Minnesota History Center in Minneapolis, MN.
Ricky has been with New Jersey MENTOR for six years and cherishes a role that allows him to provide guidance, support and care for youth at risk and those involved with the juvenile justice system. He says that working with these children hardly feels like work at all.
“I love my job,” Ricky said. “I enjoy spending time with the kids, whether it’s recreational, job-searching, at the library or just talking about their day. I enjoy knowing that I make a difference in their lives. Even though they may have made some mistakes, I want them to know that, with treatment and by going to their groups, things can get better for them. When the kids successfully leave the program, I feel good because I know I had a part in helping them.”
Ricky, who will be taking a friend with him for his two-night stay in Minneapolis, said he was pleasantly surprised after submitting his write-up with no expectations of winning the contest.
“This is very exciting,” he said. “It will be great to go to the awards, have a chance to network and see what other people do from around the company.”
Congratulations to Ricky and be sure to check back for more stories about how the individuals and employees of New Jersey MENTOR shine and create positive change on a regular basis. Also check out the New Jersey MENTOR Facebook page for regular updates.