Jeremy Gorman, Program Supervisor in the Onondaga Day Habilitation program, was awarded the VIP Award for 2010.
Quotes from nomination:
“Jeremy Gorman has set and strives to exceed only the highest expectations for his own performance in the twelve years that he has worked for Liberty. Beginning as a residential counselor, and then moving to Onondaga Day Habilitation as the senior before assuming the supervisory role that he holds today, he has demonstrated the highest level of quality support and has expected the same from his staff. ODH has a longstanding extensive waitlist due to the fact that the MSC’s in the area continually say that Liberty’s day habilitation program is the best and that is where they hope to refer and place their individuals. This program receives superb state audit results year after year, always recognizing the quality of opportunities provided to the participants. Jeremy develops his own programmatic “best practices” and gains the support of his team to successfully implement them. He is able to effectively balance the highest quality of service for the people his program serves while always monitoring the quality of the paperwork to ensure that we are meeting the standards he has set. Jeremy is also a member of the Evolv Extended DD Core Team where he is an active participant and will be very involved in the implementation.”
” Jeremy is an integral influence and role model within the Disabilities Services Corporation for his peers, the people we support as well as the direct support staff. Jeremy is genuine and authentic. He treats everybody he interacts the same-with the highest degree of respect and playful humor. At 1065, Jeremy is often at or outside the door with a wonderful morning greeting for each participant as they arrive. The positive effect of a hearty, “Good Morning, Mary, I am so glad you are here today!” as seen on the face of the person hearing these words and seeing the great smile on Jeremy’s face provides a great sense of belonging for the person and sets a great tone for the day.”
“Jeremy is a very strong advocate for the individuals in his program. He attends most team meetings and is often willing to take some risk on people by giving them less oversight and additional responsibility. Jeremy operates ODH as the individuals’ day hab. He has created the forum for individuals to be comfortable in sharing what they would like to do with their day and with whom, and then Jeremy does his best to accommodate their requests. It has made a dramatic difference and attendance at day hab program surged. Jeremy excels at writing very person-centered goals which guide staff in promoting the highest level of independent functioning. Jeremy enrolled a very high need young lady in the program who proved to be behaviorally challenging. Instead of encouraging a more appropriate setting Jeremy worked with this young lady himself so he could identify what worked and what didn’t before asking staff to do so. At her most recent review, the option was raised to look for a more appropriate setting and thanks to Jeremy’s efforts, this young lady has made enough improvements to continue in this less restrictive day hab.”