InVision is centered around building person-driven services for people who experience disabilities
in their pursuit of meaningful lives; with the vision of a future where all people are heard, their choices are valued, and their life visions honored.
This past October, two members of our Human Resources (HR) team—Holly Wolk
, Chief Human Resources Officer, and Taylor Najanick
, HR Recruiter—had the opportunity to witness our mission first-hand through their experience attending a day of activities through Community-Based Programs.
Some of the people we support attend a local community center that offers arts and crafts, cooking classes, a game room, and a large gymnasium for group services. While attending group services, Holly and Taylor had the opportunity to get to know some of the people we support on a personal level—a learning experience that would have a positive impact both professionally and personally.
InVision & Beyond
After chatting with a group of the people we support about what they do on a daily basis, their interests, and where they like to go, Taylor and Holly were placed on opposite teams for an organized game of indoor hockey.
The atmosphere in the room was one to remember—those on the sidelines were cheering, players were competitive in passing the ball, everyone had a chance to score a goal, and no one in the room took a moment for granted.
Holly explained that you couldn’t tell who was from what organization—everyone involved, from InVision and other organizations, respected one another and went above and beyond to act with patience and kindness. Both Holly and Taylor commented that like so many others they encountered; they each had a smile on their faces the whole day.
Professional & Personal: The Positive Impact
As an HR Recruiter who doesn’t spend much time in the field, Taylor noted this experience was beyond rewarding, as she had the opportunity to interact with a direct support professional (DSP) she had previously hired—seeing them excel in their role and making a difference was a full circle moment. Taylor also feels she gained insight that will strengthen her ability to perform her job duties, as getting to know the people we support will help her understand their needs and interests, creating a stronger opportunity to match the people we support with the most compatible DSPs.
“I think it’s important to know our people first,” Taylor said. “I’ve always been a person who has compassion and wants to help people, and now I’m doing that on the backend of things in my role. I take my job very seriously, so I want to make sure that I know the people we support, and they know me, so that I can support them in the best way I possibly can.”
For Holly, our HR team’s newest member, visiting group services was a reminder of the strength of kindness, and the importance of the work we do at InVision.
“Having the opportunity to join Community-Based Programs for a day reinforced the reason I took this job,” Holly said. “It reminds us why we are here, and truly touches our mission at its core.”
So, what’s next?
Holly will be joining the community center for a basketball clinic later this month, and Taylor plans to keep in touch with Community-Based Programs
for more opportunities to get to know the people we support.
“Our Community-Based Programs staff are absolute rockstars that represent our organization so well,” Taylor added. “They really recognize the positive impact they have on the people we support.”
The day was a well-rounded, enlightening learning experience and ultimately, one that Holly and Taylor hold close to their hearts as team members of InVision.
Thank you, Holly and Taylor, for embodying the true meaning of human services and taking the initiative to make this trip happen!