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Kriggy Porter, direct support professional, was named Relief Associate of the Fourth Quarter. Porter was nominated by Keli Machuga, relief coordinator, for her dependability and taking initiative. Machuga says Porter has consistently overreached the requirements of her job, working anywhere from 98 to 133 hours per pay period at the Oaklawn home in Bath. “In short, Kriggy is reliable, flexible, and eager to learn. But above all, she is willing to do whatever it takes to provide the unique support required by each of the people we serve,” says Machuga.
Porter began working relief at the Oaklawn home during a time when they were critically understaffed. She demonstrated extreme flexibility; covering everything from days to overnights, frequently working doubles. Machuga says Porter often floated from the Oaklawn house to the attached apartment depending on the needs of the people who live there, regardless of where she was scheduled to work. Machuga says Porter puts the needs of her team above her own when she agreed to stay past the end of her shift so that an ill associate could go home; an example of Porter’s accommodating nature. “…Kriggy has a passion for direct support and everything that the position entails. She takes the term person-centered to heart, as everyone who comes into contact with her can see,” says Machuga.
“Kriggy gets creative with her methods…where others may feel discouraged, Kriggy sees an opportunity to embrace our person-centered values,” says Machuga.
The Arc Steuben operates 14 residential homes, 24 hours a day, throughout Steuben County. Our homes offer a variety of options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) assist people to lead self-directed lives and to contribute to the community, aiding with activities of daily living if needed. DSPs teach and assist with life skills such as cooking, self-care, cleaning, shopping, exercise, budgeting, banking, and time management. For more information, visit www.arcofsteuben.org.