Meet Rachel Jackson

Rachel Jackson is a direct support professional and has been at the Center of Hope for seven years. We asked Rachel to share some of her thoughts about the time he has been at the Center.
Please describe your role at the Center. I am direct support professional and my job is to create a schedule that gives my participants choices of things to learn, activities to make and outings to go on. I am responsible for active treatment and to help them be as independent as possible in the community.
Why did you choose this field? I originally chose this field straight from high school because I enjoyed helping people. I realized how important my role was and the rapport I had with my participants. I have gained their trust and they know I want what is best for them.
What advice would you give someone who is interested in working at the Center? This job is for people who genuinely love helping others. If it’s not in your heart to love, understand and care for our participants this is not the job for you.
What is the biggest change you’ve seen? I have seen a huge change in the choices that are given to our participants. They are able to control more of what they like to do in their day and in their lives.
What keeps you at the Center?  I enjoy working at the Center because I have built a special rapport with a lot of the participants, staff and their families.

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