June 2020 – Bastiaan DeVries
Employee Q & A
What brought you to The Arc Southwest Indiana?
I was looking for work that would give me a feeling of fulfillment in my life. Before I moved to the USA I was a nurse, a job that gave me lots of fulfillment. In the USA it was very hard to find a similar job, because my Dutch diplomas were not accepted by most health care facilities, so I ended up working in retail. In the meantime I kept looking for positions in health care. My friend told me one day about The Arc. I looked on the website and read an interview with a DSP. She said that working as a DSP gave her the fulfillment in life she was looking for. That made me apply.
What do you like most about your job?
The best thing in the world is when you see your consumers smile and laugh as a result of the support you give. I can’t explain very well, but it’s the best feeling in the world to see the consumer happy and satisfied.
Who’s your role model?
My role model as a DSP is my colleague Candie Randall. She trained me and showed me how she puts so much love and care in her job that being a DSP doesn’t feel like a job. The way of interaction between her and the consumers taught me so much that I see her as my role model.
What’s one thing not many people know about you?
Most people don’t know I was born and raised in The Netherlands where I worked as a nurse for 6 years in a rehabilitation facility for stroke patients. I speak four languages and understand at least two more.
What’s your favorite thing about working at The Arc Southwest Indiana?
What have you gained from working at The Arc Southwest Indiana?
Since I started working for The Arc Southwest Indiana, I’m a very happy man. I found the fulfillment I was so desperately looking for. All because of the love and appreciation from the consumers I support. When I am not at work, I constantly think of the guys, what they’re doing, if they are okay and if they might need something I can pick up.
What are 3 words you’d use to describe The Arc Southwest Indiana?
Caring – Educational – Professional
What’s your favorite memory from The Arc Southwest Indiana?
My ultimate favorite memory so far is when a consumer said ‘I love you’ for the first time.
An advice for current / new staff?
My advice would be to smile, listen more than talk and be interested.