INDEPENDENCE, OhioMarch 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Koinonia Homes employee Mina Nardi received the 2018 Direct Support Professional Recognition Award from the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) for the State of Ohio. The award recognizes the best of the Direct Support Professional (DSP) workforce and their work to assist people who need support to lead self-directed lives and to participate fully in our communities and nation.

Mina stood out in a crowded field for her dedicated work with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) at Koinonia Homes. As a DSP, Mina serves clients with a variety of needs and takes an individual-focused approach with each person.

“At Koinonia Homes, we have no shortage of caring, dedicated DSPs. Mina leads the pack with her commitment to person-centered support. She encourages and enables clients to make their own choices and honors their preferences,” said Diane Beastrom, President and CEO of Koinonia. “Her many success stories of clients achieving goals and cultivation of meaningful relationships is at the core of our mission.”

Mina is part of an elite group, this year the Direct Support Professional Recognition Award will be presented to one national recipient – and one District of Columbia, two international, 47 State and 10 special category recipients who embody the ideal qualities of the DSP. The awards will be presented at ANCOR’s 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans.

“My clients are like my family. I’m lucky to be a part of their lives,” said Mina of her role at Koinonia. “If my clients are happy, I am happy. That’s most important to me.”

“Reading about the work these exceptional DSPs as they support people with disabilities in living full lives is always inspiring,” said Barbara Merrill, ANCOR CEO. “This year’s recipients are truly exemplary examples of their profession, but we know that there are many like them across the country, oftentimes working quietly and without recognition, whose compassion and dedication to their hard work deserves gratitude and appreciation.”

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