Snow-Storm 2019!!!!

From the desk of West Regional Director Meg Ferlin: 

The highly anticipated 2019  “Storm-A-Geddon” finally arrived and the NL West office took the challenge head on over the weekend!!  We would like to thank the following staff for all their extra efforts in assuring the consumers we serve were safe and warm while the storm brought all it could and more!!  Thank you again for going above and beyond while assuring the highest of standards for our consumers when the outdoor conditions were almost unbearable!!

Erik Conrad, Program Manager
Susan Schafer, Site Supervisor
Sabrina Webb, Site Supervisor
Ashley Mahaffey, Site Supervisor
Nick George, Direct Care Staff
Samantha Sebree, Direct Care Staff
A’landria Terrell, Direct Care Staff
Tania Wilson, Direct Care Staff
Richard Nimoh, Direct Care Staff
Quanise Hobbs, Direct Care Staff
Payge Benedetti, Direct Care Staff
Brandy Anderson, Site Supervisor
Chris Tomlinson, Site Supervisor

From the desk of East Regional Director Laura Miller: 

Caught Caring! As the snowstorm of January  2019 caused difficulties for most, New Leaf’s East Region would like to recognize Corey Morehouse & Selina Johnson for their extra assistance as they went above and beyond with assisting their co-workers in supporting our individuals. Selina & Corey have vehicles that must love the snow!  Both Site Supervisors assisted multiple snowed-in co-workers with getting to and from work over this past weekend. We are very proud to have Selina & Corey as New Leaf team members!  We would also like to recognize all of the DSPs who shoveled snow, carefully fought their way to/from work, worked extra shifts, and helped out every way that they did to get through what Mother Nature threw our way this past weekend. Thank you all!

From the desk of North Regional Director Sarah Mayer: 

Blizzard fun for everyone! During the recent storm, our employees in the North Region of NLRS went above and beyond to ensure all of the Indiviudals’ we serve had clear driveways, safe staff, and stayed warm. One of our Site Supervisors, Sharvase McClain, personally shoveled staff cars out of driveways and pushed their vehicles when stuck on the road. Additionally, she was on-call and ensured all staff were able to cover shifts due to the weather and no Individual went without! We are incredibly proud to work with people like Sharvase who made it her mission that not even a little blizzard could stop her from taking care of those we serve. We also want to thank all of the staff that braved the weather and cold, picked up extra shifts, and kept things fun while everyone was snowed in!


Caught Caring Testimonials

New Leaf would like to recognize Devon Cox for being #CaughtCaring

Devon Cox is an amazing team player for New Leaf North. He went above and beyond for the on-call Site Supervisor recently and is always willing to help out! His team members enjoy working with him and he can always be counted on. Thank you, Devon!

New Leaf would like to recognize Chris Tomlinson for being #CaughtCaring

Chris Tomlinson is the Site Supervisor at the Depeyster home in Portage County.  Recently we recognized Chris when the speech therapist that visits Depeyster reported to our medical department that he is, "always professional, always follows instructions and takes exceptional care of both the guys that live at the home."  We presented Chris with a “#Caught Caring” certificate as well as  a gift card to treat himself to lunch.

We are very proud to recognize Chris for all his hard work and commitment to those that New Leaf serves!

New Leaf would like to recognize Rhonda T. & Shayla C. for being #CaughtCaring

Job well done, Rhonda T. & Shayla C.! Rhonda & Shayla were working in a home one recent evening when an SSA visited with these positive comments. “…. wanted to let you know, I went to the home to meet with staff for input. The visit was very helpful. Staff were very informative and friendly. They knew her well and seemed to genuinely care about her. The two staff at the home, were observed interacting well with each person that lives in the home. It was clean and they were working around the home.  I was pleased about my visit,  please let the staff know that I appreciate their input.”

New Leaf would like to recognize Linda Coffer & Shakira Jones for being #CaughtCaring

Wanted to let you know….. had a nice visit with the ladies on Thursday 9/6. Staff Linda and Shakira were awesome! Dinner smelled amazing, answered any questions we had. House was clean, books look pretty good.

(This is information shared from a Service and Support Administrator who recently monitored a home that receives supports in New Leaf’s East Region)

New Leaf would like to recognize Danielle Smith for being #CaughtCaring

Danielle Smith is always going above and beyond for New Leaf and the individuals she works with. She has an amazing work ethic and set a great example for staff! Way to go, Danielle!

New Leaf would like to recognize Nick George for being #CaughtCaring

I wanted to follow up with you and remind you of something that you are already aware of: Nick George is not only a great staff, but an outstanding human being! He has been extremely helpful in not only providing great supports to MT but also acting as an outstanding advocate for Mark. He has only been able to do this through being an even keeled support to MT, building a relationship with the family and putting MT's interests first and foremost.  As all of us are dealing with staffing crisis that is plaguing the State, we cannot ever lose sight of the great staff we do have. Nick George is a rare bird. New Leaf is lucky to have a great staff like that, but not as lucky as Mark. Just wanted to toot his horn as Nick does not seem like the kind of guy who would do it himself!

(This is information shared from a Service and Support Administrator who recently  monitored a home that receives supports in New Leaf’s West Region)

New Leaf would like to recognize Site Supervisor, Kia Brown for being #CaughtCaring

As soon as I entered (the home) Harry started smiling and waving me toward him. He took my hand telling me he likes me and asking me if I was married. He had a tea in his lap that he had to show me. He made me sit by him holding my hand and telling me yes when I asked if he had a good day.  He later showed me his room where he got in his bed watching tv and started to doze off while I was sitting and talking to him. I was talking to Phillip afterwards who was of course manning his chair and looking out the window. He said hi and yes when I asked him if he was watching for squirrels. We tried looking for them and when I saw one and pointed it out he said yes but was not willing to get up to show me his room. He was comfortable where he was J Frank was in a great mood. He was showing us his IPad and Beauty and the Beast videos. He was also very excited to talk about the Cedar Point trip he is going to go on and the roller coasters. He was very talkative, friendly, and happy. He used his IPad to show us the roller coasters, Mr. Rogers, and SpongeBob as well as the bells in Beauty and the Beast. When it was time for me to leave he shook my hand, said bye and then hugged me. They were preparing for supper and he was ready to eat but was being very patient while it was being prepared. Everything seemed to be organized and completed. Documentation looked good and I appreciate that. They seemed very content and happy.

(This is information shared from a Service and Support Administrator who recently  monitored a home that receives supports in New Leaf’s East Region)

New Leaf would like to recognize Alexis F. & Clemont F. for being #CaughtCaring

I was very impressed with the staff at the home.  They were preparing Blueberry muffins and encouraged the guys to actively participate in the preparation.  Although the guys made quite a mess cracking eggs, they had a blast.  The staff didn’t flinch at the mess that they were sure to have to deal with, and assisted them until they were able to correctly crack the eggs with minimal shells.  They really did a great job.  There were also beautiful yellow roses in the home, brought in by a staff that thought the men would enjoy them. 
(This message was received from an SSA who recently monitored one of the homes supported by New Leaf in our East Region.)