January 2019 – Emily Rudolph
Emily is a current Direct Care Professional in our Community Living Services program. She has been with The Arc for 8 months and was nominated by Breeanna Goldsberry, CLS Director who says “Emily has just started with us but has the attitude of a seasoned staff member, who goes above and beyond for the individuals she works with. She always demonstrates joy in her job and loves being active in the community with whoever she is working with. Lastly, and most important, Emily has become a huge advocate for the people she serves to make sure they receive the best possible care.” We are very lucky to have Emily on our team and look forward to a wonderful career here at The Arc.
Employee Q & A
What brought you to The Arc of Gibson County?
A passion for working with intellectually disabled individuals that began at the age of 13 while volunteering at a church camp where I met a 5 year old boy with Autism. We clicked instantly.
What do you like most about your job?
Imagine coming to work every day to a sweet guy who throws his hands in the air and says “Emmy’s here!” Every time he sees you. Enough said.
Who’s your role model?
That’s easy, but I have more than one. Firstly, my consumers. Over the last 8 months they have taught me to never let my own excuses and insecurities stop me from chasing my dreams. Sometimes I think Graves Disease makes a task almost impossible for me to accomplish. Sometimes I think I’m not good enough to achieve my goals. Then I see a man with Down Syndrome and Diabetes live his life to the absolute fullest as if he doesn’t have a worry in the world. Talk about a role model. Secondly, my coworker Candie is my role model. She took me under her wing almost instantly. When I struggle, she’s there for me. She listens to me vent and she gives the most uplifting advice. She calls me out when I’m screwing up too, and she gives constructive criticism in the most graceful way possible. She is truly amazing at her job, and she inspires me to be a better DCP every day. The love she has for our consumers radiates off of her in everything she does.
What’s your favorite thing about working at The Arc of Gibson County?
Seeing the individuals of all abilities I work with succeed because if anyone deserves to succeed, it’s them. There’s nothing more special than seeing an a person we serve reach a goal or seeing a coworker get a promotion. They are some of the best people I know.
What have you gained from working at The Arc of Gibson County?
I have gained a positive mindset, positive relationships that will last a lifetime, self-empowerment, patience, and a never-ending hunger to learn and accomplish MORE.
What are 3 words you’d use to describe The Arc of Gibson County?
Selfless – Life-Changing – Inspiring
What’s your favorite memory from The Arc of Gibson County?
Helping the individuals I serve host a Christmas party in their home for all of their loved ones. I had never cried seeing a group of men open Christmas gifts, I can now say that I have.
An advice for current / new staff?
There will be challenging days when you will feel as though you don’t have what it takes to be a Direct Care Professional. Trust yourself. Look in the mirror each and every day and remind yourself what a strong, brave and special person you are. We are all so blessed to be a part of the most beautiful puzzle. When it gets hard, lean on others. We are lucky to have such strong leadership in our team to turn to for support and guidance. I wouldn’t be the DCP I am today (which is evidently a pretty decent one) without the support of my coworkers. You are making magic, keep going. Our consumers need you. And they love us as much as we love them.