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Congratulations to our Spotlight Award Winner!


Aimee was hired as a House Manager for HGH over ten years ago where she is directly responsible for two residential group homes (LRW and Castillo). These homes have a combined resident profile of 12 clients and up to fifteen direct support staff. During the fourth week of March, Aimee decided that even though neither she nor any of the six residents living in the LRW  group home were showing any symptoms of being ill, it would be in their best interests to stay together during the new shelter in place orders that came out. The LRW group home is residence to six women, all who have been diagnosed with an IDD, and four of whom are in a vulnerable age category.  

Aimee exceeded any expectation when she voluntarily decided to be sequestered with the LRW residents for fourteen days, despite having a husband and 10 year old son at home. With the support of her family, she made the decision to stay with he residents to help them and the staff adjust to the new lifestyle they were suddenly placed under. With the pandemic becoming increasingly worrisome, Morrision said, “I felt like I needed to be here not just for the residents but for the employees so they would feel they had some direction and so they weren’t alone. I can offer support and guidance.” Aimee ended her quarantine yesterday and returned home to her family. She is deserving of recognition for the personal sacrifices she made. She truly is an HGH Hero. 

NAQ would like to thank Aimee for her dedication, innovation, and positive attitude.  After all, where would we be without outstanding disability professionals like her?     

Do you know a QIDP or case manager that consistently goes above and beyond – someone who deserves a little extra recognition for a job well done? If so, please nominate them for NAQs Spotlight Award - an honor given each month to an exceptional disability professional.  

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