DSP's Making a Difference: Molly Singletary
As part of DSP Recognition Week, FADSP is pleased to recognize direct support professionals (DSPs) who are making a meaningful difference in the lives of the people they serve. Molly Singletary is one of those DSPs.
Molly Singletary has been a Direct Support Professional with Woodhouse for over 23 years. She has dedicated her life to creating a home and workplace that embraces both the participants and staff in the Woodhouse family. When one enters Woodhouse, those years of dedication are seen at every turn. Each day Molly arrives to work with contagious positivity and productivity to match. She is eager to figure out ways she can go above and beyond her typical duties to support the growth of everyone.
Molly thinks outside the box, which keeps her two steps ahead and prepares her for the unexpected. When Molly is about, there is not a task completed until it is well done. Her attention to every detail ensures that our individuals’ personal needs, wants, desires, and goals are honored to the fullest. Among her peers, Molly is known for her advocacy, integrity, and ethics - doing the right thing even if it is the hard thing. This is how she has become such a respected leader with her co-workers. Molly develops strong bonds with her staff, which fosters others to do more and have a calm confidence that they too are doing right by our participants. Because of Molly, the Woodhouse staff understand that they are not "treating patients" but "helping people."
Molly is not shy in reminding the management staff that they are working for unique individuals who do not fit a programming mold. Although nearly all the participants at Woodhouse are non-verbal, she has learned every single person's emotional expressions and rushes to help them through tough times. Molly values honesty and ethical behavior; above all, she is the first to tell on herself if she thinks there is even a possibility of doing something incorrectly. She is the person that others call when they cannot handle a participant's actions. Because of the respectful and loving relationships, she has with them, the participants perform at their best just to make her smile. They also trust that she will fight for them. She stands up for those who literally cannot stand and speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves. Molly's key to successful advocacy is that she never scolds, instead she inspires.
Molly has been voted by her peers as employee of the year. They have also given her the Helping Hands award annually. Molly has never sought out a trophy and shies away from praise. For her, the greatest award is leaving the world a little better than the way she found it.
Thank you, Molly, for your continued service to the individuals served at Woodhouse!