PORT ST. LUCIE – Communities Connected for Kids congratulates Shearon Demps and Amanda Tobon for winning this quarter’s Going the Extra Mile – or GEM – Award.
Demps and Tobon won the award, an honor given to staff and caregivers for excellence in service children and families in Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast, for the period spanning October through December.
Tobon, a case manager in St. Lucie County, received the award in the Emerald Division, which covers case-management staff.
“Amanda is one of the best worker’s we have had at CCKids,” said Family Support Worker Kerry Dulcio, who nominated Tobon for the award. “She is tremendously committed to getting the work done and helping those who need help, both in the office and in the field.”
Tobon has worked for CCKids for three years and says she enjoys helping families with few resources find what they need to succeed.
“I want to personally make an impact for those families who are struggling with basic needs so they know that they have what it takes to be successful, and that one mistake doesn’t define your future,” she said. “It’s not how many times you fall down that matters, but, despite the odds, how many times you get back up and fight.”
For Demps, the recognition was literally for going the extra mile (or two).
Demps, a permanency specialist in the caregiver support program, received the award in the Ruby Division, which recognizes the work of administrative and program staff. She was nominated by her program director, Jill Poole.
“Although Shearon spends many hours of her day supporting and providing resources to our adoptive parents, she recently offered assistance to a caregiver that I think goes above and beyond.”
An adoptive parent of nine children recently passed away unexpectedly, leaving the caregiver’s adult daughter to care for her younger siblings.
Demps helped the caregiver secure local resources to help the children transition comfortably to her home and helped her through the legal process of obtaining permanent guardianship of her siblings.
“Shearon recognized the family was overwhelmed by their recent loss and required more than just website links and telephone numbers,” Poole said. “And in anticipation of future needs, she provided resources for legal representation and completed a second request for financial assistance to file the guardianship paper work.
“Then, she literally went the extra mile to personally pick up the check and hand deliver it to the family.”
CCKids’ Board of Directors will recognize Demps and Tobon on a Zoom call during its January Board meeting. Each employee will receive a $100 bonus and a plaque.
CCKIDs takes nominations from the community. If you know a CCKids employee who has gone above and beyond, let us know. Click the link to the nomination form.