DSP Spotlight: Emily Cuddy

I have had the privilege to work for ADVANCE for almost three years now, and every one of those days seemed like a new adventure. I started working at 905, and because of the connections I had made there, I transferred with several of the people I supported to the new Franklin House. It’s hard to describe this as a job because I look forward to every shift I work, and that is all thanks to my amazing coworkers and the people supported. Being a Direct Support Professional has given me the chance to accompany individuals to sporting events, concerts, out of town trips, and so much more! The relationships I have made during my time as a DSP are such meaningful friendships because I get to experience all of life’s excitements, sorrows, and accomplishments with the people I support!

Working for ADVANCE has provided me with opportunities and experiences, as well as a new career path that I am so excited to pursue. When it is time for me to leave ADVANCE, I know it won’t be a goodbye because everyone I have met here has a piece of my heart that I can’t let go of. I didn’t know much about working as a DSP when I started but I am so grateful I didn’t let that stop me from working with so many remarkable people!

To learn more about ADVANCE, check out our website: www.advancebkg.info

Spring Festivities!

Karina, Jamie, Katie, Andrew, Liz, Sierra, and I had such a fun time at the Dakota Nature Park today! We took a break from work to enjoy the beautiful weather! We even set up a hammock to relax in while we were there! The nature park is a great place to take people supported if they are looking for something to do:)

By: Lorali Barrie

DSP Spotlight: Lacey Lynn

“Two years ago to this day, I made the best decision ever; I became a Direct Support Professional with ADVANCE. Although my main house is 717, I can proudly say I have worked at least one shift at each location in all positions DSPs can possibly choose to work - Let me tell you, the possibilities are endless!! Growing up on a farm just outside the small town of Elkton, South Dakota I had no clue what I was getting into but I was excited and thus far my only regret is not starting sooner. Never before had I been in a position to take care of anyone but myself however doing so now it seems like a skill I have always known. The memories I have made with all those I have met and supported are indescribable! From going out to eat, to various sporting events, concerts and even a week long trip to Alaska I can truly say I have done way more in my time with ADVANCE then I have ever done and will do on my own which is something I will be forever grateful for! Although my path is unclear at this time, I definitely see myself sticking around ADVANCE to continue to learn the ropes to better support those with disabilities.”

Congrats Lacey! Thanks for everything that you do!

DSP Spotlight: Ariana Oorlog

"My journey with ADVANCE started just a little under a year ago, where I found myself touring SLA with no idea what was in store to come. Previously, I had no experience in this line of work, as I was just a farm girl from the little town of Avon, South Dakota. Working (and playing) on the farm had always been my true passion. Little did I know, those I supported would eventually steal my heart. I have shared laughter and tears, and developed new found respect for those I support. I would have never imagined the different experiences I have gained working with ADVANCE. These experiences have allowed me to grow as a person and I was even able to share some of them during my Graduate School interviews for Occupational Therapy. I was lucky enough to be accepted to the University of South Dakota to continue my education, but hope to someday give back to those that have taught me so much. I am extremely blessed to have met so many talented people through my time at ADVANCE, both staff and people supported. I look forward to what my future has in store, but more importantly I know those I have grown close to in the agency will remain with me where ever I go."

Thank you Ariana for all of the amazing things you do!

If you are interested in learning more about opportunities at Advance, check out our website: www.advancebkg.info