ARRM Recognizes Two VOA-MN Employees
(Minneapolis, May 31, 2012)— Volunteers of America-Minnesota (VOA-MN), a nonprofit health and human services organization, is pleased to announce that two VOA-MN employees were recently honored by the Association of Residential Resources in Minnesota (ARRM) with the coveted 2012 ARRM Cares Award.
Kellie Beaver of Milaca, a direct support professional at VOA-MN’s Milaca North Home, was recognized for her ability to tackle uncommon challenges, lead by example, motivate her colleagues and for her transformational impact on the residents she supports.
Patti Maness of St. Paul, a direct support professional at VOA-MN’s Ashland and Portland Homes, was recognized for her capacity to champion the abilities, motivations and interests of the residents she supports, was well as for her perseverance and advocacy for disability rights.
"We are extremely proud of Kellie and Patti who have helped residents overcome obstacles, focus on their abilities and see possibilities. This award acknowledges them for their dedication to ensuring that people with disabilities live truly fulfilling lives,” said Paula Hart, President and CEO, Volunteers of America-Minnesota. “Kellie and Patti are high-caliber mentors, advocates and allies and reflect positively on Volunteers of America-Minnesota’s mission to help people gain self-reliance dignity and hope.”
Each year, the ARRM Cares Award is presented to six outstanding direct support professionals (DSPs) in Minnesota who are selected based on their ability to provide innovative, professional daily support services to people with intellectual and physical disabilities. There were 170 nominations this year for the award.
Pictured are (from left to right) Kellie Beaver, Paula Hart and Patti Maness.