Staff Spotlight: Jay Sharrer

December 1, 2019
Everyday Heroes

Meet Jay.

A Residential Counselor at InVision, Jay helps the people we support in our Residential Program flourish in their communities and live their most meaningful lives.

What’s your name?

Jay Kenneth Sharrer.

Jay isn’t short for anything, but you can call me “J”, for short. If your name is Jason, Justin, or any other name that starts with a “J”, stop stealing my name as your nickname!

Why did you become a DSP?

I had ten years of working in mental health, as well as miscellaneous other jobs, and I needed a better schedule for my life circumstances.

How many years have you been a DSP?

Four.

How many years have you worked with InVision?

Four.

What do you like most about working with InVision?

I feel as though my abilities and work ethic are recognized and appreciated. I enjoy opportunities for increased hours and different roles and positions, too.

What’s your favorite part about being a DSP?

Helping others.

What do you feel is the biggest challenge you’ve overcome as a DSP?

Working in the Signals Program.

How did you do it?

Stoicism, compartmentalization, rationalization, and Jedi Mind Tricks.

What do you wish more people understood about your role as a DSP?

To those who think it’s a difficult job: It’s not that hard. To those who think it’s cake: It’s way more difficult than you think.

Perception is key. Knowing yourself is key.

When you’re not working, what do you usually do?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Picking up and putting down heavy things—repeatedly. Family time. Thinking deep—and often shallow—thoughts about life’s most perplexing mysteries, niche trivialities, and sometimes the stuff in between. And one of the many things around the house that needs to be done.

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

The most “safe for work” answer is “Eat the Elephant” by A Perfect Circle.

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