Since: Mar 07

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#362 May 4, 2013
Kenny Allen wrote:
The major problem with Advoserv, that I've noticed in my time working there, is the systemic greed that ownership/upper management have. Every resident is just a number, a dollar sign, a bottom line. They try to expand to bring in more of these developmentally disabled cash cows, and in doing so, create immediate staff openings that they need to fill via any means necessary. Unfortunately for the residents, this means hiring people that are wholly unqualified for the job. Uneducated, drug addicted losers that couldn't get hired cooking french fries at McDonalds are being hired to feed, bathe, clothe, and care for human beings that can't or won't do it for themselves.Any doubt to these claims can be proven by simply reading the illiterate gibberish posted by the employees above me. Advoserv pays next to nothing, with no real benefits, and unfair, forced overtime. Admin does nothing to alleviate familys concerns. Morale is low among employees and most adopt an "I just don't care anymore" attitude. This leads to neglect, indifference, theft, and downright abuse. There is ZERO incentive for someone such as myself with an education, and a desire to help others to take a job at Advoserv. The abuse, accusations, and hostility is simply not worth 11 dollars an hr. They only hire one PC per shift that somehow needs to cover two or three houses at a time. They cannot be everywhere at once. The Program Director was recently let go for alleged grand larceny. Management needs to be entirely re-hauled and the hiring process MUST be stricter. No more high school dropouts with no experience. ENTICE the people you need to work here and you will get them. If upper mgmt would slash a few dollars from their bottom line to attract educated, experienced, dedicated employees, this entire thread would never even exist.
You said everything i have claimed since my son worked there, this was like three yrs ago but i have not given up but i dont work there and neither does my son so there is not much i can do anymore, i just wish a few of you good employees would band together and see an atty specifically for whistleblowers, this type of thing would lift the lid off what is truly going on in this place its heartbreaking
Kenny Allen

Oakland, NJ

#363 May 8, 2013
Kimbev your son is one of the employees I was specifically describing. He never should have been hired by Advoserv in the first place.

Since: Mar 07

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#364 May 9, 2013
Kenny Allen wrote:
Kimbev your son is one of the employees I was specifically describing. He never should have been hired by Advoserv in the first place.
My son worked there all of a few months and never abused anyone,

Since: Sep 12

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#365 Jun 10, 2013
kimbev69 wrote:
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My son worked there all of a few months and never abused anyone,
Your son attended to the clients while being high off of crack cocaine. Sounds like abuse to me.

Since: Mar 07

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#366 Jun 14, 2013
dropdeadfred187 wrote:
<quoted text>Your son attended to the clients while being high off of crack cocaine. Sounds like abuse to me.
You are wrong is all i can say
jay

AOL

#367 Jul 29, 2013
worriedsibling wrote:
Can someone please give us more insight about this place and tell us what they know. I have a sibling there and I would really like to know.
hi,i also have a family member there at Hewitt NJ,,would like to knos more my e-mail bebehondurican@aol.com ......... thank u!
bobbyb

Rehoboth Beach, DE

#368 Aug 16, 2013
Seriouslady

AOL

#369 Aug 27, 2013
bobbyb wrote:
http://capegazette.villagesoup .com/p/the-high-price-of-educa ting-high-needs-students/10432 58?cid=1338459
http://capegazette.villagesoup.com/p/state-ag...
http://capegazette.villagesoup.com/p/tour-of-...
When did this go from Au Clair to Advoserv?

I actually live next door to one of the Bear DE facilities.
scarednj

East Orange, NJ

#370 Aug 27, 2013
I also have an adult child at advoserv. I am terrified by what I see there but have no other options at the moment. I think they are in bed with all the politicians and investigating agencies too.
Melissa Steele

Lewes, DE

#371 Sep 2, 2013
Stillwrkhere wrote:
<quoted text>
Prime example of the class of an AdvoServ employee. Any employee regardless of the shift that says they've never witnessed mistreatment, neglect, abuse, is a liar. Anyone who wrks here also know that the cameras do not record ad for observation and in DE they come on for a few mins...fill out a paper and that's it. I've gone all day plenty of days without an single person chiming in on the Cnow system. They get on as a requirement but they dont do anything. Most times the Cnow checks are more about making sure staff aren't on te phone or sleeping....and we all know most everyone on overnight sleeps. Since I've been here I've seen people sleeping on every shift including supervisors.
Kids are "taken down" way too often and unnesssarily. Behaviors are instigated by staff and teachers all the time. Another big thing is for staff to put kids against one another. I've seen on several occasions valued staff tell another student to beat up another child for them and in return they'd give them candy or some other privilege. The biggest problem is the over all staff culture here. I was told by my supervisor straight up "don't try and change things or make waves, its the culture here and if you don't like it you should leave" my résumé is out there. Can't wait to leave. The pay sucks, I never know when I'm gonna get to leave because any time someone calls out you are forced to stay. This happens several times a week an they reqllydont care if you have a life outside of them. Te worst place I've seen is the day program in Middletown DE...kids and an elderly woman is kept in a small trail or that smells like piss and shit with nothing to do. They put the low profile kids here. The high profile kids (which means there parents have money or are super involved ) get the best care....when their parents are coming that is. Memos are sent around to make sure the kids hair and teeth are brushed and has in his better clothes...this must be done because otherwise his teeth and hair may or may not be brushed. I feel like a ba person since I've started wrking here even tho I don't abuse anyone at all. I do report what I see and keep personal records of stuff, but I'm scared of what will happen if I try and be a hero.
I'm interested in the information you have about the Delaware facilities. If you could contact me at melissasteele@capegazette.com, I would appreciate it.

Since: Mar 07

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#372 Sep 5, 2013
scarednj wrote:
I also have an adult child at advoserv. I am terrified by what I see there but have no other options at the moment. I think they are in bed with all the politicians and investigating agencies too.
Of course they are at least here in nj! I reported to the state my initial complaint and asked to remain anonymous! That was around 2pm and at a staff meeting that evening around 7pm my name was announced and employees were asked to "find out" who i am related to and anything else about me, me and my family were threatened by two of the abusers
Sickofit

New York, NY

#375 Sep 10, 2013
Guess I struck a nerve!!! The truth hurts doesn't it!! You can delete all the posts you want, we all know the truth!
scarednj

Elizabeth, NJ

#376 Sep 10, 2013
I would like to get together a group of family members, employees, ex-employees, advocates, self advocates, etc who have had these experiences with Advoserv and with the futility and retaliation when one tries to report problems to the State, and see what we can do as a group. The reality is that fighting this or complaining about it individually doesn't work because they can cover up and they can create harm and discredit individual complaints and so can DDD/DHS.

unfortunately the problem with the state not investigating and with Group home companies retaliating for complaints is not only Advoserv...however Advoserv is the worst I have experienced so far. As a group with similar experiences and complaints we can go to the politicians or the newspapers, or the Feds. Individually each complaint and each person is ignored.

Advoserv gets away with a lot more for a lot of reasons. One of the reasons is the types of disability along with the behavioral issues of the residents. No one wants to stick their neck out for or believe residents who have behavioral issues.

If there is interest we can form a ( possibly closed ) group on FB or on a list serve.
scarednj

Elizabeth, NJ

#377 Sep 10, 2013
kimbev69 wrote:
<quoted text>
Of course they are at least here in nj! I reported to the state my initial complaint and asked to remain anonymous! That was around 2pm and at a staff meeting that evening around 7pm my name was announced and employees were asked to "find out" who i am related to and anything else about me, me and my family were threatened by two of the abusers
I have had similar experiences and am in the midst of such now with both myself and my son being retaliated against for filing complaints or asking questions. Unfortunately there is nowhere else for my son right now.
scarednj

Elizabeth, NJ

#378 Sep 10, 2013
Kenny Allen wrote:
The major problem with Advoserv, that I've noticed in my time working there, is the systemic greed that ownership/upper management have. Every resident is just a number, a dollar sign, a bottom line. They try to expand to bring in more of these developmentally disabled cash cows, and in doing so, create immediate staff openings that they need to fill via any means necessary. Unfortunately for the residents, this means hiring people that are wholly unqualified for the job. Uneducated, drug addicted losers that couldn't get hired cooking french fries at McDonalds are being hired to feed, bathe, clothe, and care for human beings that can't or won't do it for themselves.Any doubt to these claims can be proven by simply reading the illiterate gibberish posted by the employees above me. Advoserv pays next to nothing, with no real benefits, and unfair, forced overtime. Admin does nothing to alleviate familys concerns. Morale is low among employees and most adopt an "I just don't care anymore" attitude. This leads to neglect, indifference, theft, and downright abuse. There is ZERO incentive for someone such as myself with an education, and a desire to help others to take a job at Advoserv. The abuse, accusations, and hostility is simply not worth 11 dollars an hr. They only hire one PC per shift that somehow needs to cover two or three houses at a time. They cannot be everywhere at once. The Program Director was recently let go for alleged grand larceny. Management needs to be entirely re-hauled and the hiring process MUST be stricter. No more high school dropouts with no experience. ENTICE the people you need to work here and you will get them. If upper mgmt would slash a few dollars from their bottom line to attract educated, experienced, dedicated employees, this entire thread would never even exist.
I agree that this is a management and greed problem. There are good staff and bad staff but the management makes it clear to the good staff that if they report any problems, they are the ones who will suffer the consequences. In a well run, healthy organization, the reporting of problems is welcomed as information to be used to make the program better and weed out the bad staff. Also residents, if they are able to and not too scared to report issues, are not believed and management simply doctors the paperwork if they are made aware of a problem instead of fixing the problem. Even with independent corroborating witnesses, i cannot get DDD to do anything beyond lokk at the doctored paperwork when they investigate. Investigators do not interview witnesses or interview residents. We need to work together as a group if anything is going to change and if we are ever going to get real oversight of this agency and positive change and protection for both the residents and the good caring competent staff of which there are many.
scarednj

Elizabeth, NJ

#379 Sep 10, 2013
jay wrote:
<quoted text>hi,i also have a family member there at Hewitt NJ,,would like to knos more my e-mail bebehondurican@aol.com ......... thank u!
If anyone wants to try to form a group to share experiences with Advoserv and collectively get some investigation of Advoserv and DDD going in NJ, and has some verifiable examples of what has been mentioned in this thread, Please contact me at scaredparentnj@yahoo.com.

No one here can fight this alone. There is both strength and safety in numbers!
I here ya

Philadelphia, PA

#382 Sep 17, 2013
Then do something about it you no who to talk to and it will be taken care of the old saying goes if first you don't succeed try try again it may go this time I agree nothing changes what 50 cents fixes everything come on how dud ya like staff day what a joke we can fix this once and fit all but it's gotta be a team effect from all that's the only way it can work nice to see administration us being fair nothing changes again we have no say in anything lets change it we need to come together as one talk to people lets do this
Datdoedare

Baltimore, MD

#383 Sep 17, 2013
It's funny cause its true
Act on it

New York, NY

#384 Sep 17, 2013
Sounds like u all need to get together & file a class action lawsuit! Then maybe, jus maybe something will be done.

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#385 Sep 17, 2013
You people should all call the labor board about the poor work environment if anyone wants to know how i will walk you threw it kimbev69@gmail.com

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