Monthly Archives: April 2012

Koinonia receives best practices honor from American Psychological Association

On behalf of Koinonia, Nancy Disbrow, Vice-President of Human Resources, accepts the Best Practices Honor from the American Psychological Association in March.

Photo Credit: Rachel Smith Photography.
Photo Courtesy of the American Psychological Association. Used with permission.

Koinonia Homes was presented with a Best Practices Honor from the American Psychological Association(APA) at the annual Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards ceremony held March 10 in Washington, D.C. The organization was presented with the award for its work to recognize the contributions of its employees.

Koinonia Homes has shown its commitment to employees through their Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week. This practice is an example of employee recognition, one component of a psychologically healthy workplace. Koinonia was one of nine organizations to receive the Best Practices recognition in 2012. The organization is a previous winner of the Ohio Psychological Association’s state-level Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award, qualifying it to be nominated for APA’s Best Practices Honors.

Koinonia’s Vice President for Human Resources, Nancy Disbrow, accepted the prestigious award in Washington, DC this past weekend and stated that “Koinonia is thrilled to be recognized by a national organization for our best practices. This wonderful award is especially meaningful to our agency since activities held during Direct Support Professional (DSP) Week, which highlighted our DSPs, were showcased!”

At Koinonia Homes, quality care is a priority – not only for clients but for employees as well. Koinonia has a variety of employee recognition initiatives, but with more than 400 Direct Support Professionals (DSP) on staff, the organization steps it up every year during DSP Recognition Week. Celebrations have included a party at their vocational center, food, games, raffles for gift certificates and time off, as well as a memo of thanks from Koinonia’s CEO. Rewarding staff can be a challenge in the not-for-profit world, but with 40 percent of new hires coming from employee referrals, it’s clear that Koinonia’s recognition of its direct support staff’s hard work is well received.