September 22, 2012
I was involved with Kennedy-Donovan Center for many years as a volunteer and employee. I had the pleasure of caring for students and clients hands on and working with a selected few other employee's who also cared about the best for the clients and performed their job titles in an amazing way. The founder of this company believed that all individuals have the right to participate and thrive in their communities. Through the tireless commitment, passion, and dedication of a handful of some incredible staff, they continue to honor Luella’s legacy through love and care for their students with no help from the higher aboves. I have seen firsthand the care provided by the staff at the NB 1 location, and unfortunately there are not many who perform, but its not the teachers aides who dont perform because most of them go above and beyond caring, but then you have some others who are just there for the money even though its not much. They do not care nor have the love they should have for this job. I even know some aides who have gone to the extreme of paying for their own supplies and crafts and needs including food groups and hoilday activities because the directors will not do their jobs correctly. Including that even some vice presidents and presidents are too blind to see the lies they are fed from their directors who are not doing their jobs right. It amazes me how many individuals and department heads and directors they have working at the NB 1 location who don't even have the skills nor the heart to care for these clients they way they should be cared for and supply them the things they need. The stories and pictures you see on websites and in the newspaper are just to get the higher ups a pat on the back, because if you were to do a surprise visit on them without them knowing, all you would see is teachers aide's struggling to keep their classrooms afloat because the bosses do not provide or care unless they states coming by or unless they are trying to gain another student. To be honest “I do not know what the administrators would do without the unappreciated teachers aides” They are the ones who hold the classrooms together as well as keep up with the lies the directors give to parents and visitors. Your children would never have reached their potential or achieved their goals without the hard work and love from the TA's, because the administrators give you false information about whats truly offered. When they tell you your child will be receiving speech and physical therapy one on one and more than once a week, its false. Your lucky if they ever receive it at all one on one and more than once a week thats never possible because they keep their salarys high and refuse to hire the employees needed to meet the needs of the students. Instead the students suffer from not recieving the care they pay for and deserve and what was offered to them. The quality of team work does not exsist in this facility. The staff is treated poorly and under paid, as well as used until they are no longer needed. There is favoritism and the directors here are not skilled or trained right in their job descriptions nor do they have the ability to their jobs the right way, nevermind care for the outcome of your childs needs and goals. I use to be proud to be a part of such a Great School for helping those who need it, but now after all I've seen and been through with this company. I will never reccommend this facility to someone looking to place their child nor will I tell someone this is a place they shall apply to work. Until they can fix their issues with the directors of the departments and the false imformation given out I will not support this facility any longer. The only good I can say about this non-profit organization is that the teachers aides should be giving a round of applause for sticking through and being there for their clients and unfortuantely dealing with the selfishness of their bosses and paying for their clients needs out of their own pockets because the directors are too busy filling their own.
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