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. Monique Philhower – Devereux New Jersey Direct Support Professional – was recently spotlighted.
In your role, what are your main responsibilities?
My responsibilities include creating schedules for our individuals; assisting them with daily and long-term goals; and helping them secure employment. I host virtual day services; provide assistance during self-advocacy group meetings; and offer support at group homes, such as helping our adults choose healthier meal options. In addition, I conduct temperatures checks of all individuals; develop a vocational schedule; organize files; and schedule vehicle maintenance.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is watching the individuals I serve become more aware of what they CAN do, rather than what they cannot do. Seeing them find the strength to continue, instead of remaining still. Witnessing them try, when all they want to do is give up. Knowing I have helped with this, fills me with so much warmth and hope. I know our individuals can achieve whatever they set their minds to with some patience and determination, they can, and will, do anything!
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is: Your light may bother those who aren’t ready to open their eyes and come out of the darkness – but shine anyway. Continue on your journey despite their reaction toward you. Thank you to my mom for her words of wisdom.
What is one thing your colleagues don’t know about you?
This is difficult to answer because I am such an open book with my team – we are a strong family. One thing is, I was working on my psychology degree, but after the passing of my mom, I chose to take my career in a more holistic healing direction, and began school for therapeutic massage and Reiki energy healing.
Why are you a Healthcare Hero?
I believe everyone is a Healthcare Hero, in one way or another. I think it takes pure heart dedication; making moves when you’re too tired; being selfless because seeing others happy and achieving their dreams is the ultimate reward. Watching the smiles of the adults we serve, and hearing their laughs at the end of each day, is a job well done for me.
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