BATH - Mary K. Beaver was named the Arc of Steuben’s Associate of the Month for October. Beaver, of Hornell, works as the Residence Coordinator for the agency’s VanScoter Street home. She was honored for the dedication she shows for the home’s residents.
“One of the individuals became gravely ill due to a build-up of a medication that he had been taking for many years,” the nomination letter, from Crystal Buckley, said. “This involved an extended hospitalization and rehab stay. Mary K. visited this person several times while he was in Rochester, and then daily while he was in rehab. She ensured that he had food that he liked to eat, which was crucial to his recovery. She bought him something every day and encouraged him to participate in whatever therapy he needed. Today he is back at VanScoter Street and back at work.”
Buckley said that Beaver’s devotion to the VanScoter Street home, its residents and the associates who work there, extends well beyond the end of her shift.
“A long time ago Mary K. coined the phrase ‘Residential-the division that never sleeps,’” Buckley said. “She is an example of a residence coordinator that never sleeps. She is always at VanScoter in one way or another - thinking, sometimes worrying, and always giving 110 percent to a program that she truly loves.”
Also nominated for the October Associate of the Month were Shantel Drury (Direct Support), of Hornell, and Brenda Dean (Occupational Therapist).
The Arc of Steuben has been providing services and programs for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, for more than 50 years.
The Arc of Steuben currently provides more than 1,000 individuals in Steuben and surrounding counties with services, including job-readiness training, community employment, residential, transportation and in-home services.
For more information, visit the Arc of Steuben’s website at www.arcofsteuben.org.