The Best of Our Abilities Contest

(FOR DISABLED SL COMMUNITIES ONLY)


We called on all disability Supportive Living communities to take part in this contest by nominating a person with disabilities who demonstrates some of the following criteria:

  • Helping others in the community
  • Participating in activities displaying their skills and expertise
  • Demonstrating empathy and sensitivity to others
  • Acting as a positive role model
  • Having an uplifting and positive attitude

The winner will receive a prize that can be enjoyed by their entire community!  Each community will have a Pizza Party and an Ice Cream Social from our wonderful sponsor. 



2019 Winner


Darshane Smith -Mary Bryant Home for the Blind 

Darshane is a huge inspiration to all of us here at the Mary Bryant Home. She is completely Blind and hearing impaired. She is always so positive and doesn't let her disability get in the way of serving people in our community. She volunteers cleaning toys for children. She cleans toys at Concordia Lutheran School once a week and has been doing it for 10 years there, but has been volunteering cleaning toys in the community for 25 years. She also cleans toys for many staff members and their family.

She just celebrated her 50th Birthday and decided that she wanted to throw a pizza party for the kids at the Lutheran School. She brings the kids treats on Holidays and purchases books, flash cards, puzzles and other items for them as needed.

Darshane has lived at the Mary Bryant Home for 13 years and has always been a positive role model. We are happy to have her in our community and we feel that she would be a great fit for The Best of Abilities award.


Sean Keffer

Sean K is always asking if the RSC needs help with activities, supplying music for an event, lifting/carrying items, hanging signs, changing calendars, delivering calendars, or just about anything including helping any resident that needs assistance. He typically walks around smiling and laughing and is always ready to tell you a joke. Sean is a shining light here at Deer Path!



2018 Co-Winner


Sean Keffer

Sean K is always asking if the RSC needs help with activities, supplying music for an event, lifting/carrying items, hanging signs, changing calendars, delivering calendars, or just about anything including helping any resident that needs assistance. He typically walks around smiling and laughing and is always ready to tell you a joke. Sean is a shining light here at Deer Path!


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601 W. Monroe St.
Springfield, IL  62704

Phone:  217-525-0700, ext. 124

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