August 2018

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Employee of the Month – Whitney Dickens

Get to know Whitney Q&A —

What’s your role at The Arc of Gibson County?

I am a direct care professional in our non-24 hour waiver program Living Options. I help the consumers with daily needs, and also help get them involved in the community.

How long have you been at The Arc of Gibson County?

I’ve worked here for 2 years.

What do you like most about your job?

I love putting a smile on the consumer’s face. I really enjoy watching and helping them accomplish goals.  I love when they get excited and proud of themselves for reaching their goals.

What brought you to The Arc of Gibson County?

My dad works here part time and I thought it looked like a job I would really enjoy doing.

Who’s your role model?

My role model is my grandma. She is a great Christian woman and the foundation of our whole family. I only hope that one day I can be as great a person as she is.

What’s one thing not many people know about you?

I am pretty shy until I get to know people more and get comfortable with them.

What’s your favorite thing about working at The Arc of Gibson County?

It is a very rewarding job. It’s fun and I enjoy getting to meet new consumers.  I love how excited they get when they see staff.

What have you gained from working at The Arc of Gibson County?

I feel blessed to get to work with special needs people. They definitely teach me things everyday on the job, and they have given me a better outlook on life.  I’m always looking for ways to better myself.  They inspire me to live more grateful for life like they do.  They seem to always have a positive outlook on life no matter their circumstances and I love that about them.

What’s your favorite memory from The Arc of Gibson County?

I love watching the Special Olympics. It’s so exciting to watch them work hard and be proud of themselves and the effort they put in rather they win or not.  They just have fun and enjoying trying hard at the events. They get to build their teamwork skills as well.

What are three words you’d use to describe The Arc of Gibson County?

Compassionate – Encouraging – Supportive

Any advice for current / new staff?

Have an open mind and put yourself in their shoes. Treat them the way you would want to be treated.  Be compassionate, understanding, and a friend to them.  That’s all some of them want is someone to spend time with.  You will get closer to them the more you work with them.  Some great friendships can evolve if you just let them.  I promise you will get just as much out of the investment you put into them than they do.