National Association Names ResCare Employees as Top Direct Support Professionals

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) named eight ResCare employees as 2017 Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) of the Year in seven states and  Canada.

ResCare winners from Alaska, California, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Canada received the recognition May 3 at ANCOR’s national conference in San Antonio, Texas.

“Our ResCare DSPs provide quality care that is safe, trustworthy, delivered with a great attitude that is respectful, and skilled. We’re so happy for the national recognition that our employees are receiving. They are the best of the best,” said ResCare Chief Clinical Officer Rachael Kurzer Givens. “We’re proud of the winning employees who have been recognized for demonstrating the highest quality standards every day and help people live their best life.”

ResCare DSPs – also called caregivers, personal assistants and direct care or homecare aides – provide daily support services for people with disabilities. ResCare employs more than 30,000 DSPs in thousands of locations. These ResCare caregivers create optimal environments for people in need of assistance, through attentive and quality service principles.

ANCOR honors exceptional DSPs with the Direct Support Professional Recognition Award for exemplary work in furthering community inclusion and full participation for individuals living with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities.

“The work DSPs do is so important, not just to the people with disabilities, but also to the social and economic lives of the persons they support and their communities,” said Angela King, president of ANCOR. “DSPs like ResCare’s winners deserve recognition for the important work they do every day.”

ResCare employee DSPs of the year state winners are: Debbie Ogden, Alaska; Amanda Meeks-Sinner, California; Tamika Norwood, Georgia; Rose Harrison, Louisiana; Ricky Hamm, North Carolina; Vonda Dotson, South Carolina; and Chris Thompson, West Virginia. Adam Candeloro is Canada DSP of the Year.

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“When it comes to supporting community living, inclusion and choice for people with disabilities, DSPs are the front line workers we rely on,” said Barbara Merrill, CEO of ANCOR. “These awards are just one small measure of saying thank you to individuals like these ResCare DSPs.”

Merrill said ANCOR received hundreds of nominations highlighting DSPs from across the nation. Nominees are judged on the work they’ve done to build social networks, substantive community participation and advocating for the people they serve.

About ResCare
ResCare, Inc., founded and headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is dedicated to impacting communities for the better with a mission to help people live their best life. As the largest diversified health and human services provider in the U.S., ResCare is the largest private provider of services to people with disabilities, the largest privately-owned home care company, the largest provider of specialized high-acuity neuro-rehab in community settings and the leading career center workforce contractor in the U.S. With more than 45,000 dedicated employees serving over 60,000 people daily across 42 states, ResCare offers daily living support, behavioral health, neuro-rehab therapy and other health-related support services, pharmacy, remote monitoring solutions and vocational training and job placement for people of all ages and skill levels.

Today, we’re committed to innovative care management tools and programs to augment daily care services – offered through a unique mix of high-tech and high-touch solutions to enhance safety and independence and improve outcomes for each individual we serve. Our Connected Home care model is an industry-leading approach to the future to achieve strong quality and compliance while also driving efficiency and cutting waste. The model includes the use of proprietary electronic health records (EHRs) and analytics, medication management, remote monitoring and telehealth, and behavioral health services and care management to create an outcomes-based environment that helps people live their best life. For more information about ResCare, visit

The American Network of Community Options and Resources is a national trade association representing more than 1,200 private providers of community living and employment supports and services to more than 800,000 individuals with disabilities with a workforce that’s over half a million strong. ANCOR advocates for the crucial role private providers play in enhancing and supporting the lives of people with disabilities and their families.

Through its National Advocacy Campaign, ANCOR seeks to obtain the resources to recruit, train and retain a sustainable direct support workforce. ANCOR provides organization, professional, leadership development and networking opportunities and services and is continually working toward partnerships and collaborations that support our mission, which is to advance the ability of our members in supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to fully participate in their communities.