As a part of DSP Recognition Week this year, the Maryland Department of Disabilities and DDA requested nominations for DSPs who go above and beyond to support integrated community employment and/or full community participation and membership for people with disabilities.
The Arc is proud to announce that Earlene Moberly is one of 30 DSPs from across the state who will receive a citation from Governor Larry Hogan. Her dedication to advancing The Arc’s mission, as well as her professionalism, positivity, kindness, and generosity makes a difference in the lives of the people we support.
Earlene has been an Employment Advisor with The Arc for over 7 years. In her role, Earlene supports Greg who owns his own vending machine business, Greg’s Rainbow Services.
Earlene empowers Greg to operate his business successfully in the community. Together they stock the machines and keep track of inventory. Earlene takes Greg shopping to replenish his supplies – all the while reminding him that this is his business and that she is there to support him.
Said Debbie, Greg’s mom, “Earlene is professional in every way. She interacts successfully with Greg’s clients and is very conscientious about promoting his business. She excels at allowing Greg to be independent in performing the work, reminding him of the next task only when necessary. We have noticed a marked improvement in Greg’s job performance.”
Earlene has also been a great mentor to Greg outside of his business by supporting him during lunchtime. Not only does she help him make healthy choices, she ensures that his food is prepared in a manner he can eat. Since they have begun working together, she has helped Greg lose weight, and maintain his weight loss.
“Earlene optimistically promotes Greg in a positive light to everyone around him,” said Debbie.
While the pandemic has placed Greg’s business on old, Earlene has continued to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by lending support in The Arc’s Community Living program. Throughout the pandemic, she has stayed in contact with Greg and is looking forward to returning to business.
*This photo of Earlene and Greg was taken prior to The Arc’s mask mandate.