The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) recently recognized Travis Dottrich, an employee of Home of Hope, as the 2019 Oklahoma Direct Support Professional of the Year. Dottrich was presented the award at ANCOR’s Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon along with four dozen recipients representing other states, chosen from a field of nearly 350 outstanding nominees.
“I was very surprised, and of course honored, to be chosen for the award,” said Dottrich. “My job is very rewarding but it is always nice to be recognized.” Dottrich has worked at Home of Hope for more than sixteen years and can’t imagine working in another profession. When Dottrich was a young, there was a child in his neighborhood who had an intellectual disability. Seeing his potential, and his needs, Dottrich knew he wanted a career helping people with disabilities.
“The impact on me of helping people progress and become as independent as possible just can’t be explained,” said Dottrich. “It is much more than a job.” Community Supports Director Aaron Brown said “The main criteria for consideration of nominating a staff for the award is that they are ‘person-centered’. Travis personifies that spirit in everything he does, so this recognition was well deserved.”
As a further testament to his commitment, when told that the award would be presented in Oregon, Dottrich invited his client, Tom, to attend with him and director Aaron Brown. “Watching Tom’s face when Travis’ name was called and when he went up for the award, was just priceless,” commented Brown. “He smiled from ear to ear and if there was an emotion to express pride, Tom was certainly showing it.”
Home of Hope CEO Dr. Ralph Richardson concurred. “Home of Hope is overwhelmingly proud of Travis, for his award recognition of course, but more importantly for his dedication and commitment to true community inclusion for the individuals we support,” said Richardson.