AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- Luis Rosario, who has worked at Liberty ARC in Amsterdam for nearly 10 years, was named the New York State Direct Support Professional of the Year for his dedication and commitment to his job.

Liberty ARC helps adults in Montgomery County living with developmental disabilities complete daily tasks, maintain jobs and live fulfilled lives.

Rosario helps a local couple daily with paying bills, getting to and from work, and staying in shape. Rosario was nominated for the award for helping them create a fitness and diet plan.

"It feels good to be recognized, to know that somebody is seeing what I’ve done for these guys and how I’ve made a difference in their life and impacted it," said Rosario. "The smallest thing can make a difference in somebody’s life."

On April 17, Rosario will be honored at a ceremony in New Orleans.