We are proud to announce that Marshay Smith was awarded the 2021 NJACP Heroes Award. Marshay, a Direct Support Professional, exemplifies what it means to be a hero for Eden’s participants and her colleagues in our residential program.
Marshay has been working in Eden’s adult services program since 2013. For the past eight years, she has provided care, support, and guidance to the women of Farley House. She has developed strong connections with her participants and their families, and she has become a source of trust and motivation among her colleagues.
While she is always willing to help with the training and onboarding of new DSPs, her first priority is the health, wellbeing, and happiness of the Farley House participants. Marshay listens to the participants to truly understand their wants and needs. She strives to find creative ways to help the women of Farley House manage through challenging times, while still celebrating all the good times together.
Above all, Marshay is an advocate for Eden’s participants, especially regarding their medical needs. Several of the Farley House participants have experienced significant medical challenges over the last few years. Marshay has collaborated with medical professionals by ensuring each new doctor and therapist understands the participants’ medical history and behavioral profile in order for them to provide the best treatment options.
Her voice and knowledge are an integral part of advocating on behalf of the Farley House women who cannot speak for themselves.
Eden Autism Services is proud to call Marshay Smith our hero!