February 2020 – Sandy Dillard
Sandy has worked for The Arc Southwest Indiana since February 2017. She currently is the Residential QIDP and handles most scheduling and assessments for consumers. Sandy was nominated by Teresa Eshce, Residential Director – Gibson County, who says, “Sandy is always focuses on positivity, staff and clients like working with her and she is advocating for both.”
Employee Q & A
What brought you to The Arc Southwest Indiana?
I’ve been working in residential type services on and office since 1995. I started out as a Direct Support Professional, while in college and have advanced to many different roles since then. My true passion is being able to work directly with the individuals we serve.
What do you like most about your job?
I love being greeted by the people we serve when I visit the group homes. They definitely have a way of boosting your self-esteem.
Who’s your role model?
A former supervisor, Jean White has been my role model for a long time. Early in my career, Jean at 71 years old, would run circles around all of us twenty year olds that worked under her. She would always tell us, “Contribute back to society”, she was a true advocate for the people we served and an inspiration to everyone around her. Sadly, she is no longer with us, and is truly missed.
What is one thing not many people know about you?
I am a karaoke queen!
What are 3 words you’d use to describe The Arc Southwest Indiana?
Caring – Committed – Consistent
What’s your favorite memory from The Arc Southwest Indiana?
My favorite memory from working here is when we took a group home client to Tennessee to visit with his family. He has very few activities that excite him. Visiting his family for the holidays and his birthday in Jul are the only two activities i’ve ever see him get truly excited about. He wakes up chanting, “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy!”. The chanting continues on and off for the two hour trip. Then there are moments when he catches a glimpse of himself in the side view mirror and beings talking and giggling to himself. When we arrive he only has eyes for his Mom.
An advice for current / new staff?
You could work in the disability field for 20 years and still learn something new each day. Keep an open mind and heart, and above all, always show respect to the people you are serving.