PJ O’Heran, a hard-working and humble employee, is an instrumental figure within the LIFEDesigns community. Beginning his career with the organization 14 years ago as a DSP, PJ now serves as the Service Coordinator for the various group homes. It is fitting to call PJ the group home guru, as his breadth of knowledge and involvement with his position allows him to answer any inquiry about the group homes where LIFEDesigns clients may reside.
PJ’s drive to pursue this occupation stemmed from his involvement in high school, where he first had the opportunity to work with individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. Based on his experience, PJ decided to pursue a degree in Special Education. This ultimately led to him seeking a part-time job with LIFEDesigns, which then led to his fulltime commitment as Service Coordinator.
As PJ’s current position requires him to oversee various group homes, he is responsible for house staffing, maintenance, and dealing with individual care. What PJ finds most rewarding about this work is how he has helped LIFEDesigns clients live meaningful lives. He goes the extra mile; PJ has not only helped promote independence for his clients but has assisted in finding employment opportunities. A couple of clients are now employed at C3, a local neighborhood bar, as PJ’s familial connection secured these positions.
Outside of PJ’s dedication to LIFEDesigns, he devotes his time to his family and his passion for woodworking. PJ loves staying involved in the lives of his 4 children, which is displayed through his involvement as a leader for his son’s boy scout group. Woodworking then provides a creative and relaxing outlet, as PJ’s commitments require substantial dedication.
Thank you, PJ, for your dedication to LIFEDesigns!