Submitted By: Jodi Bopp, I Am Boundless

Brett Breeze is an employment trainer who supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in preparing for employment. He is a dedicated employee for the Boundless family of companies. Boundless is based out of Ohio and has nearly forty years of expertise providing person-centered care to children, adults, and families with intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or behavioral health challenges. Along with numerous programs, Boundless offers temporary and long-term services, residential options, and family support resources to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Brett takes the time to understand each person by listening, asking questions, and providing individualized supports to enable them to have the greatest opportunities for success. Ultimately, the goal for Brett is to help people gain job skills which will allow them to work outside of Boundless programs and in the broader community. Brett works with the people receiving services, their families, and prospective employers to help have a high rate of success.

It’s clear that he truly cares about the people he supports and does so with the highest level of integrity and responsibility – with a focus on alignment with NADSP’s Code of Ethics. The people who are supported by Brett in the Boundless program, are consistently excited to come work with him every day. Their families are also very pleased with the skills being learned and the success being achieved.

Brett leads a team of people in the program, who are gaining meaningful connections, relationships, and skills, so that each person can apply what they are learning once they gain employment outside of Boundless.

Through a calm, easy-going manner, Brett’s approach to his work is greatly appreciated by those receiving services. His low-key approach in his work is highly effective with people who may have had difficulties in other places.

There are specific examples of Brett being ‘cool’ under pressure. In one instance, there was a medical emergency when a person receiving services began to choke. Brett stepped in, demonstrated a calm demeanor, performed the Heimlich maneuver, and the person stopped choking. Later, a co-worker asked him about it and offered congratulations, and Brett simply replied that he did what the person needed in the moment.

As noted above, the desired end result is to provide training and skills so the person receiving services can identify and secure employment in the community. Brett routinely “graduates” people from the Boundless program and into the community so that employment-related outcomes can be achieved. Brett is always able to get trainees to thrive!

Brett is an incredible team member and is a delight to have on staff at Boundless!

This article is part of a campaign during the 2019 National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week, to acknowledge Direct Support Professionals who are demonstrating excellence through the use of NADSP’s Code of Ethics/Competency Areas and/or CQL’s Personal Outcome Measures®. This campaign was developed through a partnership between The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP), CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership, and The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR).