2021 DSP Of the Year Award Winner

Congratulations to Sarabeth Lawrence, Continuum of Colorado’s Direct Support Professional (DSP) of the year! Sarabeth has been an Activity Services Facilitator with Continuum for 3 years and was recently promoted to Day Activities Lead. Sarabeth was named this year’s winner at our Annual DSP Recognition Banquet last Thursday.
Here is Sarabeth’s winning nomination: Sarabeth has made a huge impact on the lives of people that attend our Day Activities Programs. It is almost as if the pandemic was the catalyst Sarabeth needed to highlight her amazing talents in her role as an Activity Services Facilitator (recently promoted to lead for her dedication and leadership skills as well). Her creativity in providing out-of-the-box thinking and person-centered activities is beyond amazing. While many were struggling to come up with ideas for switching gears from in-person activities to virtual, Sarabeth was already preparing sing-a-longs, puppet shows, and creating Continuum’s first-ever cookbook.
Sarabeth shared her puppeteering skills with our individuals during virtual activities. She started with doing a few puppet shows over Zoom which were a huge hit for all participants. She created her own puppets to make the show more diverse and quickly created a show to incorporate the individuals in creating a puppet theater. They individualized the theater by choosing the colors, the fabrics to be used, etc. Sarabeth then constructed the theater out of an old cabinet she found at a thrift store. She created the theater according to the individuals’ specifications. She now does a weekly puppet show that focuses on learning skills like community safety, socialization, and healthy eating. Which leads us to the cookbook she and the individuals created! Sarabeth, with much collaboration, input, and favorite recipes from the individuals put together Continuum of Colorado’s very first Day Program Quarantine Cookbook. There are well over 50 pages of simple recipes to chase away those Quarantine blues!
Don’t let her expertise and creativity with virtual activities fool you! Now that we are not under lockdown, you will often find Sarabeth taking a group of ladies into the community every day. She has developed a book club where they go to different little libraries throughout the community to read and discuss various books. There are so many examples it is hard to pick just a few!
For your person-centered activities and peer leadership, you are our Top DSP of the Year 2021! Congratulations, Sarabeth!

Welcome Back to Teamwork Tuesday

Today we are happy to introduce you to our Residential Teams!

Continuum of Colorado provides residential services in a variety of settings for adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Those settings include Group Homes (6 or fewer individuals in a home with 24/7 awake staffing), Independent Apartment settings (staff is available remotely for assistance), Host Home settings (individuals live with a family that provides services), and Family Caregiver settings (the individual receives services from their own family members in their own homes).
Our goal is for people to be able to receive services they need/want in a home they want to live in, with the people they want to live with and, in the community of their choice.

Our amazing staff, Host Home Providers, and Family Caregivers work 24/7 to provide not only necessary health and wellness care for the people we serve but also support people in experiencing things in life they enjoy. They help people get out into their communities, provide transportation to medical appointments, grocery stores, vacations, jobs, and day programs, help foster spending time with family, friends, and loved ones and so much more!

This past year has been even more challenging for our dedicated residential staff as they have had to help navigate this global pandemic while continuing to provide excellent services to the people that live in our residential services.

We cannot thank you enough for your hard work, dedication, and perseverance.

We hope you have enjoyed learning just a bit about our Residential Teams!