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5 days ago
Making my way up to the front door for my Thursday night shift at the Chanhassen house I am ready to for a night filled with laughter, card making, yoga, preparing dinner, helping with personal cares and spending time with some of the greatest individuals.
Each of us at MORA have different specialties, different qualities that we bring to the table. But one thing we all have in common is the compassion for all the individuals we serve at MORA, the dedication to give them all a life that is valued and the hard work and support we provide to each of them; who rely on us every single day.
One of the greatest moments I have experienced in the 5 years I have spent with MORA was while watching the guys at the Chanhassen house perform at the McPhail Center for Music. One of the guys, while dancing his heart out on stage in front of everyone found me in the crowd, and from afar him and I did our own dance moves. I would sway my arms back and forth, he would follow, he would point to me in reference to the song playing and I would point back. It was in that moment I knew I was doing the best thing in life.
I had spent 4 1/2 years with MORA before I began working in our homes and I can honestly say I wish I had done it sooner. There is no greater feeling in the work we all do, no greater joy in seeing those you serve get excited to see you and have them ask you how your day is before you get the chance to can ask them.
We couldn’t be Mount Olivet Rolling Acres without our Direct Support Professionals. We couldn’t be Direct Support Professionals without our clients, their families and the love for what we do.
I encourage you all to find your moment. Share it with your loved ones, your coworkers, with me, or write it down; just find your moment.
Read More Your Moment
September 10, 2018 12:55 pm
“B is for brilliant. Whenever the team is met with a situation, they pull together to figure it out, this ranges anywhere from staffing to approaching something from a different perspective. They take the time to listen to one another, I have never seen such a display open-mindedness amongst a group people.
R is for being real. Every team member has a heart of gold, they truly care about our residents and it shows every day. The care they give is tremendous and provide a non-judgmental environment. “Keeping it real” should be the household motto.
I is for influential and inspiring. The Brickstone team members are not only caregivers, but they supply role model qualities. “Thinking outside of the box” to motivate someone to accomplish a goal, remaining cool and calm during moments of chaos, and promoting a positive work atmosphere.
C is for compassion, consideration, and companionship. The amount of time and dedication that everyone provides for residents and for each other is profound. The team at Brickstone understand that they need each other to lean on and to support each other, They do this daily, by switching shifts, ensuring that the residents get to preferred outings, and are gracious to assist when they can.
K is for kindness and knowledge. Kindness is such a cliché word, but it fits the team well. Even in times of being unhappy or disgruntled, communications have been kind. Being kind, certainly goes much further than aggressiveness, the Brickstone clan possess the knowledge of this, as well as, the “ins and outs” of the gentlemen and house dynamics. I can approach any of the members with an inquiry about one the guys and I will get a life long history.
S is for sacrifice. I can’t think of one team member that has not sacrificed their own time to assist with one thing or another for the home. I firmly believe they don’t bat an eye if asked to help during a time of need. It is much appreciated that I have a team that is willing to put forth the effort to ensure that things run smoothly, and I know the gentlemen appreciate it, as well.
T is for trusting. The definition of trust is having the belief in the reliability, truth, ability, and strength of someone. I am very proud to say that each person that works within the realm of Brickstone, share this core value of making our team successful.
O is for openness and optimism. These qualities are very helpful during meetings and when a resident approaches with an inquisition, the Brickstone members display respect and dignity, not shutting down an idea or quick to say “no, that won’t work”. They take the time to think before replying and show enthusiasm for positive changes. If, a final decision was made amongst the group and it didn’t work, they regroup and try again.
N is for nurturing. I say nurturing because during moments of weakness and vulnerability our team is quick to respond in making sure that resident feels better. It could be just talking or giving medical assistance. It’s about surrounding and supporting that client or co-worker with comfort by listening or just simply by occupying the same space.
E is for empathy and expressiveness. Audrey, Neal, Shannon, Barb, Lizbeth, and Kyle are more than open when it comes to expressing their concerns and are avid advocates for the gentlemen that reside within the walls of the Brickstone home. I appreciate the emails and phone calls, regarding wanting to provide the utmost quality of care for those we serve. On the flipside of the expressiveness, they possess empathy. That empathy displayed warms my heart and comforts the guys, gives them piece of mind, knowing they are in the hands of people who truly care about them.
I want to thank the team for welcoming me with open arms, I couldn’t be more appreciative of the things you all do, every day. You are all amazing individuals that make the Brickstone home warm and inviting.”
Read More Team of the Month – Brickstone
September 7, 2018 2:47 pm
This week on #FacesOfAbilityFriday we’re featuring Mallory S. Mallory lives in one of MORA’s residential homes, and is involved in many of the recreational activities offered through MORA. We sat down with Mallory to talk about her life and what makes her so amazing.
Mallory works at Choice in Eden Prairie. She has several jobs through Choice. She works at Culvers, where she does dishes, cleans the dining room, bags orders, and has now started working on cashiering at the main counter and the drive-thru window. She also does office work for a local agency and does cleaning at a local fire station. Mallory also does volunteer work. She volunteers at Feed My Starving Children, where she puts labels on the food bags. She is on “Crew 52” with Special Olympics and helps direct people to the stadiums at different events. She’s also a global messenger with Special Olympics and helps members of her team through this program.
Mallory grew up in the Twin Cities. She was born in Minneapolis and grew up with her dad, mom, and brother. She remains close to her family today, and told us if we talked to them, they’d tell us she has a “kind heart” and that she loves to give hugs to them.
Mallory dreams of becoming a hip-hop dance instructor. She loves to do hip-hop dance, and she wants to teach all the staff at her house how to do some fun moves. She’s a member of MORA’s Showstopper dance troupe and enjoys learning new moves from the instructor. Another dream Mallory has is to work at Caribou Coffee.
If Mallory could tell the community anything about herself, she’d want people to know that she’s famous for winning the Miss Amazing pageant. Mallory got a sash, trophy, flowers, and a crown when she won this. She also wants the community to know that she does different public speaking things through Special Olympics. Mallory said that she likes to challenge herself and do things that are outside of her comfort zone.
There are lots of special things about Mallory. She loves to go shopping, especially at the Disney Store. She likes to buy new things from her favorite Disney movies and TV shows. She’s good at cooking, especially pasta. Mallory said she used to have a goal to learn how to cook, and that she “mastered it” a while ago. She also loves to sing and dance!
Mallory is involved in her community in a few ways. Her dad is a coach for Special Olympics, and Mallory has been playing various sports her entire life. She currently plays on Special Olympics teams for track and field, basketball, bowling, and floor hockey. She is connected to her community through the various jobs she has, which give her opportunities to meet and interact with members of the community every day. She also has community connections that she’s formed through her family too!
Quick facts about Mallory:
Mallory’s favorite foods include mashed potatoes, asparagus, brussels sprouts, pasta, and bratwurst.
She couldn’t think of any foods she dislikes.
Her favorite holiday is Christmas. Mallory loves it because she gets to spend time with her family.
When it’s time to relax, Mallory likes to use her iPad, listen to music on her headphones, or do meditation.
Mallory’s favorite movie is Beauty and the Beast.
Read More #FacesOfAbilityFriday – Mallory S.
August 24, 2018 7:17 pm
This week on #FacesOfAbilityFriday we’re featuring Rachel K. Rachel attends MORA’s Adult Day Services program. We talked with Maria, who has worked with Rachel for a long time, about why she’s so awesome.
Rachel doesn’t have a paying job, but goes to ADS during the day, where she gets to participate in a number of different rec and leisure activities. One of her favorite things to do at ADS is ride her bike.
Rachel is good at a lot of things, but two things came to mind when we asked Maria what Rachel does best. First, Maria said that Rachel is great at making people laugh. She’s a silly person and can make anyone crack a smile. Second, Maria said that Rachel is great at giving hand squeezes. This is just one way that she shows affection for the people who are important to her in life.
Rachel likes to relax, just like the rest of us. Her favorite ways to do this include sitting on the porch and listening to birds or spending time in her rocking chair. She also likes to listen to the lawn mower, and that’s one of her favorite things to do when she’s sitting outside. Rachel loves to socialize with Matt, who is another staff at ADS, and she looks forward to this whenever she’s there.
Maria had a few special things to tell us about Rachel. According to her, Rachel is “silly.” She said that she always makes people laugh, and this is one of the things that Rachel does best. Maria said Rachel enjoys being out in the community, around people and doing different activities. She also said Rachel loves “hugs, listening to music, and dancing.”
Rachel is involved in her community in a few different ways. She loves to spend time in the community and be around people. Each week she goes swimming, which is another one of her favorite things to do. She also goes to music therapy each week, and she spends a lot of time out shopping.
Quick facts about Rachel:
Rachel’s favorite musician is Adele. She loves all things Adele related. She also likes to listen to KDWB.
Her favorite food is brunch food, which she enjoys on the weekends with her parents.
Rachel doesn’t like applesauce or Jell-O.
She loves to celebrate birthdays! It doesn’t matter if it’s her own birthday, or that of a friend, she enjoys celebrating them all.
Rachel is a fan of SpongeBob. Her favorite character from the show is Sandy the Squirrel.
Read More #FacesOfAbilityFriday – Rachel K.
August 20, 2018 3:40 pm