At Devereux, employees are heroes in every sense of the word, helping children, adolescents and adults with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences lead more fulfilling and rewarding lives. These committed and compassionate individuals humbly dedicate themselves to serving – and inspiring – others.
Marjorie Williams – Devereux Florida direct support professional – was recently highlighted.
In your role, what are your main responsibilities?
Working directly with the youth in our residential group care program. Teaching them independent living skills, working closely with our school and providing that additional support to meet their educational needs. I also participate in IEP (individualized education plan) meetings, parent/teacher conferences, and I transport our youth to doctor’s appointments.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is working with the boys I support. My milieu consists of boys, ages 12 to 17. I look forward to working with each of them, and seeing how much they’ve grown during the time they’ve spent with me – and at Devereux.
How has COVID-19 impacted your role? How have you risen to this challenge?
I make sure everything is sanitized and cleaned to keep my boys and me safe. I’ve risen to the challenge by putting the safety of our youth first.
How do you demonstrate Servant Leadership principles on a daily basis?
I always put our individuals’ needs first, and I’m a huge team player. I will take on many additional tasks to provide support to my program and my management team, as needed. I work additional hours, assist in the kitchen or in the maintenance department – whatever program needs additional support. I feel as though the program is everyone’s responsibility, and I take great pride in being a part of the team.
What is one thing your colleagues don’t know about you?
My favorite color is red.
Why are you a Healthcare Hero?
Because I continuously go above and beyond. I have been with Devereux for almost 16 years and I have been dedicated since the day I came to campus. I consistently assist my employees in any way I can, and when I think of a Healthcare Hero, I think of the responsibility of being an essential worker. It comes with putting others before yourself and making sure the needs of others are met, which sometimes cause you to neglect your own needs, at times. That is part of my job, and I take pride in the responsibility that I have taken on. I have worked with many youth, and several will reach back out to let me know that they’re married now, with families, and it’s because of the love and care they received at Devereux. I try my best to make sure each of our youth feels like an individual. Many of our kids feel as though no one cares about them, and I make it my duty to make them feel like they are all my children, because they just need love. It’s amazing to me how far a little love can go in a child’s life.
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