Deborah Rose Lee
Deborah Rose Lee is the Residence Manager at Little Flower’s Brooklyn Intermediate Care Facility (ICF), which is part of our growing OPWDD program. Deborah has worked with our residents since August 1985, first as a Direct Care Worker and now as the Residence Manager.
Before coming to Little Flower, Deborah volunteered at the United Cerebral Palsy organization working with mentally challenged individuals. It was through this experience that she fell in love with the population and knew that she wanted to continue working with them.
As the Residence Manager, Deborah ensures that the individuals and their needs are placed first. She is responsible for scheduling staff to care for the residents 24 hours a day, ensuring the individuals are dressed appropriately and have their meals and that those meals are prepared properly and that they are working on their Activities for Daily Living skills. But, most importantly, Deborah creates and maintains a safe and flourishing environment for her residents.
Deborah has remained at Little Flower and continues to be a champion for our adults with developmental disabilities because she truly enjoys her work. “To me, the time passes so quickly when you enjoy doing something you love.” She has many fond memories of the accomplishments and triumphs of the individuals in her care. She also has experienced great sadness with the passing of two of her beloved and adored residents.
She currently works with eight individuals who have profound to severe disabilities, but she says that there are times when that doesn’t seem to be the case. Her residents are loving and fun to be around; she enjoys talking with them and taking care of them – that makes it worth it! When asked what the hardest part of her job is, she replied “trying to keep the peace while working in harmony.”
Deborah and her staff care very much for the individuals in their care, treating them with love, respect and kindness and work very hard and diligently to care for them and provide them with the best possible quality of life.