KwaNiqua started at CDS Monarch in 2009 as a Support Specialist at our Harris Road location. in 2010, she transferred to our Turk II residence, maintaining her role as a Support Specialist. KwaNiqua's daily tasks include helping the individuals achieve their goals, helping them make good decision and taking them out into the community, among others.
"KwaNiqua is an exemplary employee," Turk II Residence Manager Amanda Sparrin said. "She is the very definition of what it means to be a direct support professional. She truly cares about the individuals and works with them to accomplish their goals. KwaNiqua teaches the individuals self-advocacy skills and will take that extra step with the individuals. KwaNiqua knows the needs of the individuals and how the house should run on a daily basis. Before I can even ask her to do something she already has it done! KwaNiqua cares for the individuals with the utmost respect and shares our shared values with them on a daily basis. Turk II is lucky to have her as a staff!"
KwaNiqua said she likes working at CDS Monarch because of the individuals. "I love making them happy," she said. "I used to help a family member who had disabilities when I was 16, and not long after I started working at CDS Monarch. We're like family now. It's like home here."
In her spare time, KwaNiqua said she enjoys shopping, spending time with her son and watching movies.