Pictured above (L-R) Dawn Foringer, COO and Yvonne Weitzel, 2017 DCW
Yvonne Weitzel, Direct Care Worker (DCW) from Helpmates Bedford Co. office, was recently awarded the title of “Helpmates, Inc. 2017 DCW of the Year.” Yvonne was one of 11 nominees from the Helpmates office locations vying for the title and had been a nominee last year also. Jean Seaman, Erie Co., was 2nd runner-up and Marie Diebel Jr., Potter Co., was 3rd runner-up. To be eligible for the nomination employees had to meet certain criteria which included being named “Employee of the Month” during 2016 at their office location. Nominees were also rated based on their accomplishments in 2016 including excellence in service, dedication, reliability and attitude along with work performance.
Ms. Weitzel, the runners-up, and the other nominees traveled to the corporate office in Ridgway with their supervisors on April 19th, 2017 for a special luncheon in their honor. The special day started with a painting lesson provided by Ashley Denio and each attendee took home with them their work of art. Everyone received a gift bag, wine and also other tokens of appreciation. Ms. Weitzel also received an award trophy and plaque denoting this wonderful achievement along with one week’s paid vacation. Yvonne’s name has been added to the plaque that recognizes all present and past recipients of this prestigious award. In honor of their achievement, Yvonne and Jean traveled to Harrisburg on April 4th with their supervisors, Jenny Roble, Bedford Co. Service Manager, and Melissa Schodt, Regional Manager, Erie Co, to participate in the first Direct Care Worker Forum. The unique event was hosted by the Pennsylvania Home Care Association (PHA), Department of Aging and Preferred Benefit Consultants at the Hilton which included training and lunch. The event ended with the announcement of the 2017 Pennsylvania Direct Care Worker of the Year. Yvonne was one of the 15 vying for the PA Direct Care Worker of the Year announced by PHA.
Yvonne began her career with Helpmates, Inc. in 2013 and she celebrated her 4 year anniversary this past February 13th. During this time she earned the “Above and Beyond” award for the dedication she has shown to her consumers and the agency. She received recommendations for “DCW of the Year” from her Helpmates, Inc. supervisors because of her work ethic, dedication, and motivation. Yvonne’s supervisor described her as very reliable and she goes above and beyond helping to cover shifts. She also stated “Yvonne is very passionate when it comes to her clients. She will cancel her own plans to make sure the client’s shifts are covered.” Yvonne was born in Queen, Bedford County and continues to reside there. She is the proud mother of Aaron, Adam, Shaylee, Brian, and Alex. Yvonne also 8 grandchildren along with a dog named Drama. In her spare time, Yvonne enjoys spending time with her grandchildren. Her career expands 30 years of working with people with disabilities and she would like to continue to help those in need. When asked why she liked working for Helpmates, Inc. Yvonne stated, “I enjoy the consumers and helping them live at home in a healthy and happy environment.”