Meet Derek – Staff Spotlight

Derek Winter 2023

Meet Derek! Derek is a Team Captain in House Three and has been with us in varying roles since 2017.

He started in House Two and House Four before moving to House Three and has been there for almost a year. As a member of our direct care team, he helps with cares and bringing the residents to appointments and other outings.

He started at DHMIN because his friend Josie who also works at House Three, introduced him, and the rest is history.

“The clients are what I enjoy the most about working here. They are like family. I spend a lot of my time at David’s House, so I see them more than most people in my life,” Derek said.

One of many things he enjoys about his position is taking residents on outings and having that one-on-one time with them. Derek also enjoys crafting and doing fun activities with them.

“I’ve learned a lot over the years and continue to learn more every day. Patients have been my biggest takeaway since working here,” Derek said.

Outside of DHMIN, he enjoys participating in the arts.

“I’m a painter; I like to draw and sculpt as well. Being in nature is another big thing for me. I love to go hiking or other adventures. Concerts and traveling are a big must in my book as well,” Derek said.

A quote that inspires him to this day is “keep moving forward” – Walt Disney.

“It’s a motto that has helped me soo much in life,” Derek said.