A Life-Changing Experience

by Penn-Mar Human Services

WHITEHALL, Maryland – Of the nearly seven years that Steve Nyabuti has been in the United States, he has spent the last five of them as a DSP with Penn-Mar, supporting four individuals in a residence in Whitehall, Maryland. Although he says this is not an occupation he planned to get into, the experience has given him an invaluable outlook on life that has helped shape who he is as a young man today.

When Steve, 28, immigrated to the U.S. with his family from Nairobi, Kenya in 2011, working in human services was not on his career radar at all. Back home in Kenya, just prior to his life-changing move across the Atlantic, Steve had finished high school and was just beginning studies towards a bachelor’s degree in actuarial science. Landing in Maryland, Steve put his studies on hold, while he sought employment, and an opportunity to secure his footing in his newly adopted country.

A recommendation by a friend led him to Penn-Mar and a job that has given him a chance to mature in ways, he admits, he might not have, if he had taken a more mainstream position elsewhere. Understanding who the men are that he supports, what they like and dislike has made his job easier over the years. He’s developed a level of patience and confidence to be able to handle the challenges when they arise. Communication, he said, can be the biggest challenge sometimes.

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