Annmarie Addesa wins ADDP Award

May 09, 2017
Posted By: Kerrie Mason


Employee Cited for Outstanding Work From Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers

Venture Community Services’ Annmarie Addesa of Pawtucket, Rhode Island has won the Direct Support Professional Award for the Central region from the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers. Addessa received her award at the ADDP LEAD! Conference and Expo on May 4 at the DCU Center in Worcester.

Addesa offers dignity and respect to the individuals she supports in her professional role at Venture Community Services. Annmarie follows procedures and policies while still paying close attention to the safety, health and happiness of the individuals she supports. She works with the community to create new opportunities and groups for individuals both in her house and throughout the agency. Her Splash Day at the Attleboro Art Museum allowed individuals from several Venture homes to gather and create expressive art. She is a standout during these events, making sure everyone is involved and enjoying their time with others. Annmarie is always supportive of individuals served while ensuring that they are also able to be as independent as possible.

“Annmarie is an example of everything this field needs in the means of direct care staff,” said Rahjene Berrio, House Manager at Venture Community Services. “She is caring, creative and supportive of all individuals she supports and proves time and time again her commitment to providing them with the opportunity to live the most fulfilling life possible.”

“Direct Support Professionals like Annmarie are the foundation of the human services sector in Massachusetts,” said Gary Blumenthal, the President and Chief Executive Officer of ADDP. “There are hundreds of thousands of people living with disabilities in Massachusetts who rely on Direct Support Professionals to provide a wide variety of critical services that allow them to live more independent lives. Annmarie and her colleagues enable this to happen every day all across our Commonwealth.”

The Framingham-based ADDP is committed to ensuring, strengthening and promoting the viability of community-based organizations that support people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Venture Community Services is committed to providing compassionate, person-centered services that assist individuals and families in reaching their goals. What began as an organization with two small group homes has grown into one of the largest human service providers in Massachusetts, and with over 700 employees, one of the largest employers in the Worcester County area. Venture encourages independence through a continuum of support which includes community residential services, day programs, supported employment, transportation, autism supports, adult foster care, and shared living.

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