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Sept. 10-16, 2017

DSP Recognition Week

Sept. 9-15, 2018

A Message to all Direct Support Professionals from Tibi Guzmán, Executive Director & CEO

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) make a difference in the lives of those they support each and every day. From learning about individual interests and passions to helping people become more independent, The Arc Westchester’s DSPs are a dedicated group of hardworking individuals who play an important role in strengthening their communities and fulfilling our mission.

As we celebrate Direct Support Professionals Week (September 9-15, 2018), we are reminded that each of these talented individuals demonstrates a level of care and commitment that is vital to the work that we do in helping those with developmental disabilities live meaningful lives as fully contributing members of their communities. Every day, more than 500 DSPs share their talents with more than 2,000 individuals with developmental disabilities.

Thank you DSPs for everything that you do! You are truly the heart of this organization and we couldn’t fulfill our mission without you. 



Special Thanks . . .

Reflecting on the more than 20 years our son Cris has been at Borcher House, I felt the need to try to express our gratitude to the amazing people who work there.

Some of the staff, including Thomas and Sybil, have been there longer than Cris! I believe that says a lot about their dedication to the job. All the staff seem to work as a cohesive group and have a good rapport with each other and the clients.

As parents, we know the day to day care of a special child is tiring and trying. The staff at Borcher seem to really care about the clients, calling to check on them when they are away, and generally showing an interest in their well being. Chris’ situation with his vivid imagination they seem to “get how he functions” and his sense of humor.

I think the best news for us parents, is when he comes home for a visit and he is always happy to return to his house (Borcher!)

I won’t list all the staff, because I might leave someone out, but I hope they all know how much they are appreciated as you are, Bob Yoli. Many thanks to all at The Arc Westchester.

— Phyllis and Arturo Muzzio, parents

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Special Thanks . . .

Norma Figueroa really loves Nicole, she talks about her like she is her own daughter. She takes very good care of her, looks out for her and makes her feel loved.

Sophia Thompson takes good care of Nicole, she helps her when she is hearing voices. I know Nicole cares very much for her. She goes above and beyond to do what will be best for Nicole. She’s fun and Nicole loves spending time with her, she makes her feel happy.

Andrea Swan reassures Nicole her and explains things to her, organizes her room.

Manny Sasaguay takes her out to eat sometimes, plays guitar for her, he's wonderfully patient and kind with Nicole.

— Nyna Giles, parent

My daughter, Elisabeth Ferguson, has lived at Mamaroneck Manor for over 7 years.  She moved closer to home after her father passed away.   Previously, she resided upstate for 21 years. 

During that time, there have been staff changes and Beth has been very well cared for. In early 2017, the manager retired, but we had the good fortune to have Paulette Lattibeaudiere working there for a time.  Paulette closely monitors medical appointments and makes sure the ladies are taken, even when she is not there.

She has also taken on the responsibility to make sure that there is staff coverage at all times.  Her modus operandi is to take the ladies on outings.  She looks for various activities for them to participate in.  When the girls come home from day programs, they ask where they are going because there is always something in the offing.

We recently had some staff openings and the agency was carefully screening candidates.  Kudos to all the staff – Angela, Jackie, Venetta, Adwa, and  Rosa.  It is a pleasure talking to any one of them on the phone or being greeted by them when I arrive at the door.

— Cynthia Ferguson, parent

"Yaneke Morgan is caring and supportive and makes every day a good day! Two thumbs up from Kelly because Yaneke is pretty and funny! She is a great partner for my daughter as they navigate social and community relationships and they take on the world together.  Yaneke is a strong, positive role model and we are thankful to have her."

— Kerri Duncan, parent