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Richard has worked as a Direct Support Professional within Merakey’s IDD Philadelphia division since 1997. He has been a dedicated, dependable DSP at three homes over the years, and has worked with Shawn (see photo) since 1997. When Richard reflected on his career, he shared:

“I have been drawn to human services since college. I enjoy working with men with IDD. If I can do something that makes them smile, I feel connected. I have gotten very attached. It feels good when they look for me, call out my name, ask for me when I am off. These guys deserve consistency. They deserve to see a familiar face when they wake up in the morning. Consistency is the key to their happiness and safety. I hope to be with Merakey until I retire.”

​​​​Thank you, Richard, for living Merakey’s Core Values. You are a Merakey Hero!