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The James L. Maher Center is very proud to announce that Michael Moniz, Direct Support Professional from our Grassy Plains group home has been chosen as the James L Maher Center’s Direct Support Professional of the year!

 Michael started his career with  The James L. Maher Center back in 1983 at our Grassy Plains Group Home.  Three of four of the participants he supports are still the original men he started his career with.  Michael thinks of the folks he supports as his family. Michael cherishes the bonds he has made with the men he supports. He found his way back to his calling of being a Direct Support Professional after earning his Degree from New England Tech and making a brief livelihood as a mechanic. His inspiration to come back and make The James L. Maher Center his home was seeing first-hand the accomplishments and strides the members of The Grassy Plains Group Home were making. Michael’s advice to all Direct Support Professionals is “have patience for those you serve, remember where they came from and how far they have come. A little love & respect goes a long way for them.”

 Michael will be awarded on September 14, 2017 at Roger Williams Casino with a celebration of his accolades as a Direct Support Professional to individuals with intellectual, developmental and other significant disabilities. Michael ensures that the folks he serves are living the fullest and healthiest lives possible. He is dedicated to the individuals he serves and believes in the core values and importance of strengthening bonds for those individuals within their communities.

 Please join us in giving Michael Moniz a big hand and an ever bigger THANK YOU for being such an incredible example! If you see Michael in the coming days please be sure to shake his hand and give him a big pat on the back! From all of us “WAY TO GO MICHAEL!” we couldn’t be more proud!#DSPsGetItDoneType your paragraph here.

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