Meet our DSP, Maria!

Our Direct Support Professionals work hands-on with our clients and form real relationships and bonds with the individuals we serve. When we talk with our DSP’s about their job and relationships with our clients, we’re reminded why agencies like LIFEDesigns are needed in communities. Read below to hear from Maria, a Direct Support Professional at LIFEDesigns!


“I’ve been working with LIFEDesigns since July of 2019! When I finished college my goal was to find a job where I was helping and changing lives. LIFEDesigns lets me achieve that goal. My favorite part about the job is getting to work directly with people and being with them throughout their days. I truly enjoy the relationships I have created with everyone in this company and how supportive everyone is to each other. Seeing people grow and achieve their goals is something I love to continue seeing.”

Thank you, Maria, for going above & beyond. Your dedication to our clients and mission to partner with & promote independence for people with disabilities is inspiring. Keep being amazing!!

Meet Ellen, a Direct Support Professional!

Happy Direct Support Professional Recognition Week! In celebration of this special week, we’re introducing a few of our DSP’s and sharing their stories. 

Meet DSP, Ellen!

“I have been 8 years with LD. I love the people I work with, they all have taught me amazing things, and in many ways we have grown together. I look forward to retiring someday but I hope to still work part-time  with some of our amazing clients.”

Thank you, Ellen, for all you do! 

Interested in being a DSP yourself? Consider working for LIFEDesigns, we’re hiring! 


Meet Our DSP, Nevin!

In honor of Direct Support Professional Recognition Week, we’re introducing a few of our amazing DSP’s!

Meet Nevin, A Direct Support Professional at LIFEDesigns!

“I have been working for LIFEDesigns since January of 2021. My favorite thing about working for LIFEDesigns so far is the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of other human beings simply by being present with them during their day to day activities. There is no better feeling than having a client reach a behavioral goal or simply sharing a smile together.  I plan to continue my studies in a masters program, either social work or religious studies. I hope to then acquire my doctorate in one of those fields and eventually be able to look back to how this position led me professionally and personally to finding my path as a person in society looking to do good.” 

Thank you for all you do, Nevin! Your dedication to our clients and our mission to partner with & promote independence for people with disabilities means so much. Thanks for being GREAT!!!

Interested in being a DSP yourself? Consider working for LIFEDesigns, we’re hiring! 

Meet Reed, a Direct Support Professional

Meet one of our Direct Support Professionals (DSP), Reed!  

“I’ve been with LIFEDesigns since December of 2020! I love getting the opportunity to work with such unique individuals and give back to my community. Professionally, I hope to work for a university or company in promoting sustainable agriculture and healthy living alternatives. Personally, I hope to continue to make great relationships at LIFEDesigns with my clients and coworkers and finish my degree at Indiana University!”  

Thank you, Reed, for all your hard work!

It is Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Week!
Our DSPs are central to LIFEDesigns. They work hands on with our clients as mentors and role models:
  • supporting individuals to engage in all daily activities,
  • ensuring consistency in implementation of established Individual Support Plans (ISP), high risk/nursing plans, and Behavior Support Plans (BSP) objectives,
  • following all safety and health-related policies and procedures,
  • and so much more.

We truly appreciate all that our DSPs do. 

Interested in being a DSP yourself? Consider working for LIFEDesigns, we’re hiring! 

Meet our Cox Scholar, Zoe!

Zoe is part of Cox Scholars Program at Indiana University and is LIFEDesigns Cox Scholar Intern! As the Cox Scholar intern, Zoe plays the role as the Advocate for Community Engagement and works directly with LIFEDesigns Community Relations Team by assisting with event planning, communications, and marketing plans. Some of her responsibilities include communicating with and directing Service Learning classes on campus that help with client events like our Halloween and Holiday Party.

Zoe is currently a junior at Indiana University and studies Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations and Spanish. She is also a proud member of the Ernie Pyle Scholarship Program and enjoys learning and advancing in her professional life. Participating in the community has always been a priority to Zoe. In high school, she was an executive on the morale committee for Bloomington South Dance Marathon. Since then, she has continued that side of her life by being a member of the Cox Scholar program, which has led her to be the Advocate for Community Engagement here at LIFEDesigns!

Zoe was born and raised a Hoosier and mentioned that the Bloomington community has always supported her in many ways, and she strives to continue giving back the community as much as possible. We are thrilled to have her back as our Cox Scholar intern for the 3rd year!

Meet our Community Relations Fellow, Sally!

Sally is the new Community Relations Fellow at LIFEDesigns. She is currently a first-year Master of Public Administration student at Indiana University’s O’Neill School of Public & Environmental Affairs. Sally is part of IU’s Federal Work Study Program, which LIFEDesigns has partnered with for many years. This program matches us with one of their students who work about 12 hours a week for 2 years. 

Sally will be working closely with our Community Relations team, helping with a variety of things like grants, campaigns & more. We are thrilled to have Sally on our team & work with her on developing more programs for our agency. 

About Sally

Sally grew up in Lawrenceville, GA, where she combined her interest in crafts and community service to sell handmade bracelets and use those earnings to make blankets to donate to homeless shelters. Sally studied Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies as well as Psychology at Duke University, where she graduated in 2019. While at Duke, she was a Moxie Intern with the National Domestic Workers Alliance. After graduation, Sally served through the Duke College Advising Corps, an AmeriCorps program, where she advised high school students with the goal of increasing post-secondary education attainment for first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students.  She is currently a first-year Master of Public Administration student at the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. 

In her free time, she tries her best to video call her niece and nephew (who asked her to call at least three times a day) and browses the internet to look at adoptable pets. 
Sally is new to the Bloomington area, so she’s excited to work with LIFEDesigns and learn more about the community!