The Trudeau Center’s Jennifer Wright is being awarded the Community Provider Network of Rhode Island (CPNRI) 2022 Community Inclusion Award and Mike Theroux is the Trudeau Center’s CPNRI DSP of the Year.
Read more about Jennifer and Mike and their decades-long friendship.
In 1998, Jennifer Wright met Mike Theroux and whether she knew it or not, her life was greatly enhanced. Now, twenty-four years later, Mike Theroux is the Trudeau Center’s DSP of the Year and Jen is Trudeau’s Community Inclusion Award winner, thanks to this cosmic meeting.
It is from this 24-year friendship that Jen Wright ultimately took a chance and became a DSP. Through Mike’s encouragement and recommendation, Jen applied to the Trudeau Center and has never looked back!
Jen’s 15 years as a DSP have been spent honoring Trudeau’s mission to enhance the quality of life of individuals with disabilities. Jen has been involved in every DSP role imaginable, from supporting people with profound medical and behavioral issues to volunteering with Special Olympics Rhode Island to working in adult day and group home programs. You name it, she’s done it as a DSP.
A true community focused DSP and West Warwick native, Jen shines when she brings our group home residents INTO the community she adores so much. She organizes group home outings to the Mystic Aquarium, McDermott Pool, and Rocky Point State Park and always invites other Trudeau group homes to the outings; Jen not only coordinates these visits, but she also builds a learning experience from them. Arts, crafts, photography and post-outing education are all part of her community event management.
It’s through Jen’s respect for community that she recently found herself as a community recipient. Diagnosed with breast cancer and now in remission, Jen worked as much as she could during her battle with cancer and remembers the group home residents for which she cares as “the kindest throughout my cancer battle.” Even without eyebrows or hair, the men and women she supported “never looked at me funny or made me feel uncomfortable,” Jen tearfully shared. Jen attributes this kindness to the group home residents’ free spirits and judgment-free attitudes.
Jen is a mother to three: Ernie, Brianna, and Camdyn. Her children know how much she cares about the people she supports, and Jen’s caretaking skills are a familial trait. Daughter Brianna attends Rhode Island College as a full-time student and works at a Trudeau group home on a part-time basis. And guess what? She’s a natural and she loves the job. Just like her mother.
Jen’s youngest child is Camdyn, an energetic six-year-old boy with autism. Camdyn will start kindergarten in Wakefield Hills this fall, and Jen can’t help but think that 24 years ago, meeting Mike Theroux and being introduced to the Trudeau Center was fortuitous, as it provided her with many life and career skills that she never knew would be so incredibly important.
Through Jen’s close ties to the Rhode Island community and her innate ability to care for others, she perseveres even in tough times to deliver excellent care to individuals with disabilities. Jen also provides leadership to and mentoring for new DSPs, and it is through these relationships that the Trudeau Center continues to hire and retain excellent DSPs.