Heather Allington resides in Southport with her husband, Mike, and their two children, Samantha and Hunter. She is a Community Support Professional for Able2 Enhancing Potential, Inc. Nineteen years ago, upon graduating from nursing school at BOCES, Heather was hired as a call-in. She has since fulfilled myriad roles for the agency. She made a lasting impact on Able2’s workforce as a SCIP-R Instructor by training hundreds of workers how to prevent and safely intervene in crisis situations. Heather has also been consigned to the Med Room, Hourly-Waiver Respite via Community Support Services, and she was also a Program Aide in Able2’s Community Habilitation Program.
“The most rewarding part of my job is seeing individuals try new things and enjoy them,” said Heather. “There was one lady who was nervous about trying Meals on Wheels – she had never done it before – and after the first 5 minutes she fell in love with it – and now she can’t wait to go back and do it again.”
“Heather is an integral part of the Community Supports Team,” says Jackie Schouten. “She has been successful in assisting people to secure volunteer placements at a variety of local businesses. Her partnership with the volunteer program at Arnot Health has led to opportunities at the hospital, as well as project development and completion that can be done off site. Heather is quick to problem solve situations that arise; always thinking of the people she is supporting.”
“You don’t intervene unless you are asked to,” the former SCIP-R instructor says. “When we are in the community working on skills like opening doors – they might struggle. Some people in the community stare at us like we’re being mean when we don’t open the door (for the individual). But we’re not being mean.”
“I really like Heather a lot,” Tina says. “I like going shopping and having lunch with her. She is my friend and helps me work through my problems.”
Steven likes going with Heather to the Arcade, Holly’s Hounds, and Burger King. “She helps me help my grandmother,” he says, “by going shopping for groceries and things that they need at the house.”