LaToya Hopkins, a Residential Habilitation Supervisor with Richmond Community Services, has received the Annual Excellence Award for Outstanding Front-line Supervisor by NYSACRA, the New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies, the state’s leading advocate for people who have developmental disabilities and the organizations that support them. She was recognized at the Annual NYSACRA Conference.
“LaToya is an invaluable member of the Richmond family,” said Edward Spauster, Ph.D., President and CEO of Richmond Community Services. “Dedicated to those she supports, she consistently demonstrates that with creativity, a person-centered attitude and hard work, ‘impossible’ things can happen,” he added.
Hopkins supervisors staff in a home where six adults with significant multiple disabilities reside and receive support from supervisors, a round-the-clock RN and direct support professionals. In decades past, many of them would have spent their lives confined to a building or campus and many would have not reached adulthood due to their fragile medical conditions. Even with full time support, it is not uncommon for an individual who lives there to require hospitalization to fight the viruses and infections their respiratory systems are so vulnerable to.
The severity of disability never stops Hopkins from finding ways for the individuals she supports to participate in the community. Through her work and the work of the direct professionals she supervises, all members of the household participate in day programs five days a week; attend community events regularly; throw great parties in their home; and even go on vacations.
Said Spauster, “LaToya is the supervisor who arrives at work early with her suitcase in hand ready to spend the night if the impending snowstorm will prevent other staff from getting to work the next day. She is the person building relationships throughout Westchester. Thanks to her passion, dedication and creativity, medically fragile individuals with developmental disabilities can experience as much as their health will allow. She is the advocate, the bridge builder, the educator. LaToya does it all.”