Georgia direct support professional receives prestigious award

Direct Support Professional Francine Johnson was recognized as the 2014 Direct Support Champion of the Year at Georgia’s Service Providers Association for Developmental Disabilities annual conference.

Direct Support Professional Francine Johnson was recognized as the 2014 Direct Support Champion of the Year at Georgia’s Service Providers Association for Developmental Disabilities annual conference.

VALDOSTA, GA (June 2, 2014) — Direct Support Professional Francine Johnson has dedicated 13 years to helping individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Georgia. Recently, she was recognized by Georgia’s Service Providers Association for Developmental Disabilities (SPADD) as the 2014 Direct Support Champion.

This award is presented to a Georgia direct support companion who provides hands-on quality care for individuals with developmental, intellectual and physical disabilities. Ms. Johnson was selected as the 2014 recipient of this prestigious award thanks to her advocacy for the people she serves, her long-term commitment to residential services and her compassionate and selfless care.

ResCare Executive Director Sharae McMasters believes Ms. Johnson is a deserving candidate of the award.

“Francine is willing to go to any length to provide the best care for anyone she works with,” Mrs. McMasters wrote. “She helps the people she serves excel to their very best and gives them a purpose and mission with her person-centered way of thinking. She is truly an angel that deserves so much more than I could award her with; she is so deserving of the Direct Support Champion of the year award and I am very proud of her and her accomplishments.”

Ms. Johnson received complimentary registration and accommodations for the conference in Macon April 28 and 29 where she accepted her award at the conference reception.

About ResCare
ResCare, with 40 years of experience, is one of the largest providers of in home care to seniors. Our caregivers provide elder care services, including housekeeping, telecare, recovery care for seniors living alone and respite care for families who provide full-time care to loved ones with conditions such as Alzheimer’s. ResCare also offers residential and support services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and provides education, vocational training and job placement for people of all ages and skill levels. 

Author: Moriah Dietrich