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Joseph Williams with Human Services – Humanitarianism

Joseph WilliamsRecipient of a 2014 Governor’s Award for Excellence

Seven years ago, Joe Williams began working at the Utah State Developmental Center as a Food Service Manager. Being health conscious, he arrives at work early each day so he can complete a personal exercise routine.

Last year, one of the residents who is severely developmentally delayed, struggles with diabetes and was having great difficulty controlling his blood sugar, was inspired by Joe’s workouts and asked if he could join him each morning.

Joe agreed and immediately began sacrificing his personal workout time so he could help the resident develop an exercise routine that best met his needs.

Thanks to Joe’s commitment to caring for others, on and off the clock, the resident’s blood sugar leveled out, which has resulted in less mood swings and a vast improvement in his behavior. Even the resident’s parents have noticed a change in his well-being and have said, “We are so glad to have our son back.”

Joseph Williams’ interaction with this resident and others at the Utah State Developmental Center, are a prime example of selflessly promoting human welfare. The best way to change humanity? One human at a time.


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