ANCOR NAMES EVELIA SANCHEZ AS 2014 DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR FOR ALASKA
Honoring work in support of community living for people with disabilities
Miami, FL. — On May 6, the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) recognized Evelia Sanchez of ResCare Alaska as the 2014 Direct Support Professional of the Year for Alaska. “We at ResCare Alaska are proud of Evelia Sanchez. The award shows the dedication Evelia has to support people with disabilities and reflects the quality of services provided by ResCare Alaska,” said Allison Lee, Executive Director. The award was presented to her at the 2014 ANCOR Conference: Beyond the Envelope in Miami, FL.
Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) – also referred to as caregivers, personal care assistants and direct care or homecare aides – provide a rich mosaic of daily support services for the many Americans with disabilities. These DSPs are integral in helping people with disabilities participate in their communities and lead full and independent lives.
“Most Americans are not aware of the critical work DSPs do every day and the essential role they play in the social and economic life of communities across the country,” said Dave Toeniskoetter, president of ANCOR. “We want to make sure DSPs like Evelia are recognized for the difficult but inspiring work they do every day.”
“DSPs are on the front lines supporting people with disabilities and ensuring those individuals are granted full inclusion in their communities,” said Renee Pietrangelo, CEO of ANCOR. “It is absolutely essential that individuals, like Evelia are given the recognition and respect they deserve.”
ANCOR’s Direct Support Professional Recognition Award is given to those who personify the values of ANCOR’s National Advocacy Campaign, which works to ensure a well-trained and sustainable direct support workforce. Nominees are judged on the work they’ve done to build social networks, substantive community participation and advocating for the people they serve.
ResCare Alaska press release