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. Phil Gaubatz – Devereux New York Community Specialist – was recently highlighted.
In your role, what are your main responsibilities?
My responsibilities include helping the individuals we serve in our day habilitation program achieve their goals related to exercising, reading and community engagement. I am also responsible for the Meals on Wheels community partnership where our individuals deliver meals to senior citizens in the community. In addition, I was selected to be a mentor; I get to support new staff as a peer mentor.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the individuals we serve, and the people I work with, grow and succeed in their lives. I love my job more every day.
How has COVID-19 impacted your role? How have you risen to this challenge?
COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the daily routines of the people I work with and support. I have helped everyone stay informed and calm while adjusting to new routines, which include participating in more activities at home, such as walking in the backyard instead of the park and having fun with arts and crafts.
How do you demonstrate Servant Leadership principles on a daily basis?
I demonstrate Servant Leadership principles by remaining positive and upbeat during this challenging time. I have also tried to lead by example, and have done my best to show those around me – my colleagues, the individuals we support and their families – that we are all in this together.
What is one thing your colleagues don’t know about you?
My colleagues may not know that I have been married to my beautiful wife, Susan, for 26 years!
Why are you a Healthcare Hero?
An example of my work as a Healthcare Hero would be the relationship I have with a particular individual I support. He lives with family, and he LOVES basketball. This time away from his program, due to COVID-19, has been challenging for him. I was able to arrange for a basketball hoop to be set up at his home during the pandemic so he can still play and have fun. This brought both him, and me, a great deal of happiness.
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