Jennifer Kesler, a residential manager at Centerstone, was recently honored with The Arc of Illinois’ Direct Services Professional (DSP) Award for her outstanding, dedicated, direct care service and support to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Nominations were open in early 2021, and Jennifer was selected as one of 10 finalists in March. The winner was announced during 71st annual The Arc of Illinois’ Convention. The conference was held virtually and Jennifer was recorded as two Centerstone residential clients presented her with the award; that video was shown during the virtual convention.
“Jennifer is the hardest worker I have ever seen in my 15 years as a supervisor,” said Amanda McClellan, Centerstone residential manager, who nominated Jennifer.
“She is always caring for our clients,” Amanda continued. “If each of our clients were asked who their favorite staff is, it would be Jennifer. They know they can depend on her for anything they need. She goes above and beyond for them and treats them like family.”
Angie Robison, a residential coordinator at Centerstone, also nominated Jennifer for the DSP Award.
“Jennifer goes above and beyond for the clients,” Angie said. “I can depend on Jennifer for anything! She puts the wellbeing and safety of the clients first.”
Amanda and Angie listed some of the reasons why they nominated Jennifer for the award:
“My uncle was born with a mental disability, so I have always been drawn to this line of work,” Kesler said. “I like residential work because I feel that I make a difference.”
About The Arc of Illinois
Arc of Illinois, a social services organization, helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information, visit www.thearcofil.org.