shared courtesy of The Herald-News
NEW LENOX, Illinois – When it comes to helping Trinity Services clients reach their outcomes, direct support professional Antoinette Morris goes the distance in helping them.
Because of her dedication, Morris was named the 2019 National Direct Support Professional of the Year by the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR).
Morris was selected from a field of nearly 350 nominees. She has worked at Trinity Services for 15 years.
Morris received the award in a ceremony in Portland, Oregon at ANCOR’s 2019 Annual Conference: Bridges to Better Outcomes.
Making a difference
Some of Morris’ roles include mentoring staff, participating in a committee to help increase staff retention and advocating in Springfield and Chicago for state legislators to pass laws that would increase wages for direct support professionals, according to the news release.
Here’s what she’s done for clients:
When one client wanted to work at Six Flags Great America’s haunted house during Fright Fest, Morris helped him fill out the application, prepare for interviews, transported him to interviews and ensured he safely made it safely to work on time and then home again.
Morris later helped this same client attain his “dream job” of working as a cook, the news release also said.
She has connected clients with out-of-state relatives via video chats and visits between related clients served by different agencies. She’s helped clients develop their hobbies and find volunteer opportunities, according to the news release.
Recently, Morris shared with Herald-News Features Editor Denise M. Baran-Unland why she enjoys her role and how she got there.