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Former Factory Worker Enjoys Rewards of New Career

It’s clear from watching them talk that Vicki and her Direct Support Professional, Terresa Oakes, enjoy spending time together.

Vicki says Terresa is funny and that they like to play cards, sing in the car, go shopping and go out to eat.

Terresa, who is a self-proclaimed people pleaser, began working as a DSP 4 years ago after being laid off from a factory job.

She didn’t know much about the field, but saw an ad and thought she would try it.

“I started working as a DSP because I needed a job where I wasn’t standing all day, but I stayed because I like it,” says Terresa.

“We have fun, and I try to do things to make their lives better,” Terresa says of the people with whom she works.

She adds that making and seeing them happy is the most rewarding part of the job.

When asked what she would say to anyone considering a career as a DSP, Terresa notes that there is a lot of information at first.

“Don’t be discouraged; give it a chance,” she advises.

Thank you, Teressa, for all you are doing to improve the lives of others!