The Blesher recognition program was put into place to help recognize individuals who go “Above and beyond”. Because any employee can complete a Blesher Nomination form and identify the exceptional deeds they see their peers accomplishing, it is a wonderful way for employees to look for the positives and show what they respect and admire in their co workers. We thought you would like to read a few recent examples which may also spark ideas of other deeds and events that reflect the core values on which our agency is based, our Unifying Principles.


During the month of October Joan Dewing, Darius Newbold and Denise Jackson received Blesher awards.


Joan Dewing, a Residential Housing Profession in our Residential program was instrumental in the creation of the agency quilt that was a retirement gift to CEO George Suess. Through Joan’s coordination, instruction, sewing and communication, staff and people supported by The Arc of Delaware County had the opportunity to express their sentiments to George in a beautiful way.


Joan volunteered many, many hours of her personal time building the quilt, making it easy for people unfamiliar with the quilting process to participate. She was creative in problem solving as the quilt progressed resulting in a truly beautiful and meaningful gift. Joan was presented with her Blesher award on October 7th.


Darius Newbold, Assistant Director of Finance was nominated for a Blesher award for providing assistance to the Residential team on topics that extended well beyond his financial responsibilities such as Medisked and E-MARS programs. He attended many house and leader meetings to explain and expand their knowledge. In the nomination Darius was described as “professionalism personified” They said that If Darius doesn’t know an answer he finds out! Darius received his Blesher award on October 19th.


Denise Jackson, Administrative Assistant at THRIVE learned of an individual’s desire to volunteer in her local community. Denise was instrumental in helping Lanora Nash-Steinbacher achieve a dream by making her aware of an opportunity. She then made the necessary connections with family and staff to allow the individual to fulfill her desire. She went above and beyond in supporting the individual to prepare for and participate at the event. Denise received her Blesher award on October 19th.

Denise Jackson (Left) with Lanora Nash-Steinbacher (Right)


There are so many outstanding acts of kindness, professionalism, creativity, ingenuity that make our agency great. Congratulations to these three recent Blesher Award recipients!