Community Options & Resources (COR) is a private, non-profit organization which provides residential and in-home support services to persons with disabilities in Martin, Jackson and Watonwan Counties. The COR mission is to provide a service promoting the ability of each individual to lead a productive and enjoyable life in all environments with the support of professionally skilled staff.
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Jesus (top) has been a Direct Support Professional for COR a combined 5 years in Madelia. He enjoys being able to assist people with their day-to-day tasks and knowing his contributions have a positive impact on their lives. Jesus looks forward to coming in and knowing that Richard (bottom) will have some new joke or catch phrase that he has never heard before. His favorite part of working with Richard is knowing all the challenges Richard has overcome and that he is still able to keep a positive outlook. Working with Richard is a good reminder that times can be hard, but keeping a positive mindset can go a long way.
Richard enjoys joking and having fun with anyone. For those who may not know him that well, his quick wit can be a surprise but is sure to cause laughter. He loves to sing music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, and playing solitaire on his tablet. Richard’s laugh is contagious to all of those around him.
In October of 2018, Jesus and Richard went on a vacation to Nashville and Memphis. For both of them, it was their first flight. They went to museums and shows. One of the shows was at the Grand Ole Opry. One of the highlights for Richard was seeing Elvis Presley’s house and touring his museum. At the Music Hall of Fame, Richard found great delight in having his picture taken on the star with Little Richard’s name on it.