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“I’ve just felt that I’ve been able to have a positive impact on so many lives.” Eddie Allen, an SJCS Direct Support Professional (DSP) in TN, said of why he has been a DSP for 26 years, “I just can’t see me doing something different.” The selflessness and dedication to the people we support that Eddie demonstrates is characteristic of our DSPs. During this episode of Advocates for All, Alan Thornton, SJCS President & CEO, chats with Mr. Allen about his longevity at SJCS and the Person-Centered Approach used at our organization, where each person we support is given the opportunity to create goals and make the decisions that ensure they are living the quality of life they want.

SJCS strongly believes that regardless of an individual’s circumstance, whether that be economic status, race, religion, age, mental or physical disability, sex, sexual orientation or identity⁠—the people we serve, our employees and those we encounter in the communities we serve, deserve the right and opportunity to live their best lives. Our video series Advocates for All, are compilations of candid, personal and in-depth interviews with individuals sharing their experiences, ideas, and thoughts on what it means to be an advocate, an ally, and a member of our incredibly diverse community.

We are St. John’s Community Services and we are Advocates for All!

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