Neighborly News Network

We recently published a bi-monthly newsletter for parents and guardians of our Residential service. Included in the newsletter is a word from our Executive Director and Founder Matt Marek, a couple interviews with Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), a gallery of photos from events during the past several months, and more. Below are a couple highlights.

Excerpt from A Word from the Founder, Matt Marek:

First and foremost, I’d like to say thank you. Thank you for letting us be a part of your family; for taking this journey with us and for helping us be the best we can be. I have had the privilege to get to know many of you throughout the years. Some of you have been with me since the very beginning and some of you have only recently joined our family, but I am both humbled and inspired by you and your passion every day I do this work. I’d like to think that we’ve created something unique, in that, we have been blessed to attract staff, families, guardians, community partners and residents who overall, possess a compassion and a genuine sense of spirit to help others and make the world a brighter place. 

I am happy to share that we have widened our footprint in Northern Virginia with the addition of six new homes and a small Day Support office.

Excerpt from Spotlight on DSPs:

What made you want to work with I/DD individuals?

What makes me wants to work with this population is my passion for individuals. I love to help in an abundance and am driven to make a change in someone’s life. In this specific type of field, it is a challenge, but it is also very rewarding when there’s a goal being met.

Is there someone or something in your life that inspires you? Tell us about him/her.

My inspiration in life was my grandfather. He always said be the good person, work hard, and love everyone the same. He taught me empathy, compassion, and love. I come from a large family of caregivers and there is not one thing that I would rather be doing. The ability to take care of an individual is a great gift and I am a lucky woman to have that gift.

Download the full newsletter here.