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Hope Residence team member nominated for ARRM Cares Award

Posted on Jul 11, 2019

Shannon ARRM nommniteeBelle Plaine, MN (July 10, 2019) –  Hope Residence is proud to honor Shannon Johnson as nominee for the ARRM Cares Award, an annual award program which recognizes the top Direct Support Professionals in Minnesota.

Direct Support Professional (DSP) is a term for team members who deliver a wide array of services and supports in the home and community settings to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Johnson has served as DSP at Hope for nearly four years. During her tenure, she connected with several residents building friendships and became a resource for residents.

“I am honored to be nominated and receive this recognition. This is the most rewarding job,” explained Johnson. “While working, I enjoy getting to build relationships with the residents.”

Johnson is incredibly passionate about her work. She has a skill for connecting with the people she supports, and earning their trust and respect to the point where they feel comfortable sharing their personal life with her.

 “She is consistently finding creative and person-center ways to make opportunities for Hope residents to fulfill their dreams and passions while delivering a greater quality of life, which is what our field is all about,” said Rhonda Walsh, Program Manager at Hope Residence.

In a short ceremony held on July 10, Johnson was honored for her nomination. Chris Meyer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial/Business Officer of The Lutheran Home Association and mayor of Belle Plaine, thanked Johnson for her service to the ministry of Hope and the Belle Plaine community.

“Because of the populations they work with and the intensity of their responsibilities, a DSP requires a high level of professionalism, skill, training and compassion, a combination which is very difficult to find and hold onto to,” said Sue Schettle, CEO of ARRM. “We are honored to pull back the curtain and recognize Shannon for her tremendous skill, dedication and impact.”

Johnson, along with all other 2019 award nominees, was recognized at the ARRM Annual Conference during the awards ceremony held in June.

Pictured from left are Rhonda Walsh, Program Manager at Hope Residence; Shannon Johnson, DSP at Hope Residence; Ashley Wear, ARRM representative and Chris Meyer, Mayor of Belle Plaine and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial/Business Officer of TLHA.

About ARRM
ARRM is a nonprofit association of more than 200 providers, businesses and advocates dedicated to leading the advancement of community-based services that support people living with disabilities in their pursuit of meaningful lives.

About Hope Residence
Hope Residence provides an extensive array of services to support and enhance the lives of residents dealing with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The care community offers four home-like living areas, a sensory room and on-site recreational programs designed to encourage social engagement and promote self-sufficiency—all supervised by a staff committed to delivering the highest standard of care. As a ministry of The Lutheran Home Association, Hope Residence provides for the spiritual, physical, mental and emotional needs of those entrusted to their care. For more information, visit For real-time updates, follow @TLHAword on Twitter or “Like” TLHA Belle Plaine Campus on Facebook.


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