DSP Spotlight: Hayley Haertel

I've worked at 509 for the last 2 and a half years and it has been absolute life changer for me. The people supported at 509 have taught me so much and impacted me in a way I will never forget. The fact that I have been here since I began working for ADVANCE has allowed me to generate some really meaningful and unique relationships with each of the people that live here. 509 is such a fun and joyful community and I feel so blessed to get to be a part of the family we have, because no person is the same! Every day I come to work it is something different and I genuinely love every part of my job, the highs and the lows because I have the privilege of being a special part of each of these guy's lives. Whether it's going to movies, playing board games at the kitchen table, going on walks at the nature park or just messing around, everyone including the staff, has impacted me in such a positive way and it's always so much fun. The way that all of the people supported at 509 find joy in every activity they take part in really taught me how special life is and much better my life is with each of them in it!

My heart has been so changed and I know that no matter where life takes me, each person I've come into contact through ADVANCE will forever have a special place in it. I've made lifelong friendships and know that because of this job I will be much better in my future profession. The lessons and memories will be with me forever and I'm also so excited to continue making even more with my time at 509.