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Saleh Hussien, a Hero in Santa Fe, New Mexico

April 30, 2020
Saleh Hussien holding an award for 'Employee of the month'

The definition of the word hero brings one name to mind and his name is Saleh Hussien. Saleh is an amazing man who has committed himself to Community Options and the residents for over 11 years. He has taken every change in stride and with class. He exemplifies the message that our founder Robert Stack…

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Leon Howze as Well as Other Staff go Above and Beyond in Syracuse

April 30, 2020
A woman standing with Leon Howze

A woman standing with Leon Howze As we experience a “different normal” amid the COVID-19 virus, there are times of worry, frustration, and uncertainty. Do we have enough healthy staff to care for the individuals? Do we have enough PPE? Will the individuals and staff become ill? When can we get back to the way…

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Ijeoma Obidegwu Donates Masks in Maryland

April 30, 2020

We would like to offer a great thank you to Ijeoma Obidegwu, one of our new Direct Care Staff in Maryland. She wanted to contribute to the cause by donating her own homemade masks. We cannot thank her enough for being so thoughtful. Thank you Ijeoma! Read Newsletter. Rockville, MD Post navigation ← Amber Marinier,…

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Amber Marinier, Rebecca Hammond, and Catalina Achica go the Extra Mile in Tucson, Arizona

April 30, 2020
Be strong and courageous and other encouraging messages written with chalk on driveway.

We have some truly amazing staff in Tucson, Arizona. The three ladies that live at our Copperhead group home have had some challenging situations during this time. The staff continue to keep the individuals engaged by doing special projects and coming up with personal encouraging words about themselves as well as for others. Amber Marinier,…

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Leadership Personified by Latoya Scott in New York City

April 30, 2020
Christian, John, Latoya, and Anthony in the kitchen of a home in NYC

Being in a crisis situation can reveal a lot about someone. Some people only tend to think about themselves while conversely, others thrive by putting the wellbeing of others above themselves. Latoya Scott, Sr. DSP in NYC, is one of those brave souls who showed her true nature in fulfilling her duties during the COVID-19…

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Fredricka Cross and Willisha Ewing Show Their Dedication in Dallas, Texas

April 30, 2020
Willisha Ewing holding up a poster that says, "Joy"

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fredricka and Willisha, as well as all staff, have been encouraging, stepped up when needed, and haven’t missed a beat. When the staff was confronted by a person we support because they were upset about not being able to maintain their normal routine, the staff stepped up immediately…

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Amber Staten in Arizona doing an Amazing Job

April 30, 2020
Amber Staten - Senior Direct Support Professional

Although the Greater Phoenix region has had many shining stars throughout this unprecedented time, the new Senior DSP for the Darrow Home, Amber Staten, has shown very brightly. Amber has only been with Community Options since the end of February 2020. She recently moved to Tempe, AZ from a small town in Missouri and has…

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Perriaye Powe Standing Out in Chattanooga

April 30, 2020
Perriaye Powe - Direct Support Professional

There is an old adage that says trouble comes in threes. Although we are only a few months into 2020, we have already seen flooding, COVID-19, and tornado disasters. These events have affected the people we support in one way or another. However, Direct Support Professional Perriaye Powe has refused to let these challenges disrupt…

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Thank you Brooke Smith from Washington, Pennsylvania!

April 30, 2020
Brooke Smith, the new Administrative Assistant in Washington, PA at her sewing machine sewing masks

We would like to offer a great thank you to Brooke Smith, the new Administrative Assistant in Washington, PA. After the Governor’s order and our significant lack of PPE, Brooke went to Walmart to see if she could find bandanas to make masks. The next morning, she came into work with her sewing machine, 40…

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Nysheema Epps, Bryant DeShields, and Jerome White from Burlington, New Jersey Excel During COVID-19 Recovery

April 30, 2020
Nysheema Epps, Bryant DeShields, and Jerome White from Burlington, NJ donning their own personal protective equipment.

On March 23, 2020, Nysheema, Bryant, and Jerome, the staff in Burlington, New Jersey shined as one of our residents in Florence, New Jersey was taken to the emergency room with a temperature of 103. He was assessed and diagnosed with pneumonia and immediately hospitalized. During the initial assessment, COVID–19 testing was performed, but after…

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