When Rachael first started her job at PSRS, she thought it was a temporary stop. She wasn’t sure what she wanted to do as a career, but she needed a job and liked the idea of working with others in a way that made a difference. She had no way of knowing that 10 years later she would have no intentions of doing anything other than working alongside her clients, or that the men and women she spent her days with would become like family.
Rachael currently works with eight clients, six of whom she started with 10 years ago. And, while she currently spends two or three days a week in the office completing paperwork and coordination, she continues to spend the rest of her week working in her clients’ homes, doing the things that bring them joy and independence. Describing one of her most profound experiences since joining PSRS, Rachael’s voice swells with pride. She explains watching one of her clients, who had spent years in an institution before working with PSRS, go from yelling five words to expressing complex songs and rhymes she learned as a child, such as nursery rhymes, “The Lord’s Prayer” and “The Pledge of Allegiance.” These are not things we taught her,” Rachael emphatically explains. “These were things that were always there. She just needed the constant communication to access it.”
Rachael is just one of the talented, committed individuals who make PSRS such a respected agency and advocacy resource for developmentally disabled adults in the Puget Sound region.
“It is easy to serve as an advocate for my clients. After ten years, I just know them so well; the bond is so strong.”
–Rachael, PSRS Direct Support Professional since 2002