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Darlene's Regional Award

Emmaus Homes - Saturday, September 29, 2018

From a December 1999 Emmaus Messenger

Darleen Wells, a member of the direct care staff at Garvin Cottage, a group home on the Emmaus Homes-St. Charles campus, was recognized by the St. Charles County Coalition of Service Providers for her exemplary job performance that enhances the lives of the 18 women living at Garvin Cottage.

"I nominated Darleen because of her unwavering dedication to the ladies she works with at Garvin," explains Gauri Gouthama, support coordinator for Garvin Cottage. "She consistently goes beyond the expectations of her job to make things better for the ladies in her care." According to Gouthama, examples of Wells' work habits that helped her to win the award include her willingness to cover short-staffed shifts, frequently handling some of the least favorite tasks relating to the care of the ladies at Garvin, and always advocating for the ladies' needs and well-being.

"I was so surprised to receive the award," remarks Wells. "I really enjoy my job and was pleased to be recognized for something I like to do." She has been with Emmaus Homes for 12 years and has worked with the ladies at Garvin Cottage for 6 years. Prior to coming to Emmaus she worked as a nanny and in a St. Charles nursing home.

The Annual Direct Support Professional of the Year Award was established in 1993 by the St. Charles County Coalition of Service Providers, an organization of approximately 20 agencies that provide services and support to people with disabilities living in St. Charles County. In addition to the plaques and the honor of being recognized, Wells will attend the President's Committee on Mental Retardation: Next Generation Leadership Symposium held August 2000.

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