This position requires a high degree of understanding and commitment to the individual residents of the home and to the philosophy of Gateway. It calls for competence in a wide range of areas, including home making and household and individual planning; sensitivity to all aspects of the lives of the householders is essential.
Support workers must have the ability to live in situations of potentially high stress with the maturity to absorb tension and to live with occasional conflict, assuming responsibility for themselves and their own feelings. They should have the desire and the capacity to enhance the development of personal relationships and community supports.
Most of all, they should recognize that the most important aspect of the being-with attitude, as opposed to the doing-for, is that of building relationships and that this challenges and enriches all staff in their personal growth just as it does the members of the household. Staff should enjoy being with and working with people who have developmental disabilities, believing that they have an important contribution to make to society and that they can enrich the lives of others.