National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week

Step By Step, Inc.
Cross Valley Commons
744 Kidder Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week

Senate Resolution 228 designates the week beginning September 14, 2009, as “National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week”. (View SR 228)

Letter to Staff

Salute to Our Staff - Honoring Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) at Step By Step, Inc. and Throughout the Nation

In September, Step By Step, Inc. and communities across the nation will pause to honor a critical segment of our workforce. The U.S. Senate has declared the week of September 14, 2009 as National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week. On behalf of Step By Step’s board of directors, management and administrative staff, we recognize our dedicated service staff for the quality supports provided to over a thousand Pennsylvanians with disabilities.

Our mission statement recognizes all employees as our most valuable resource because each and every one of you is vital to the work performed on behalf of our consumers. As a result of your dedication, skill and commitment, children receive support at home and in school classrooms; individuals with mental illness receive rehabilitative services and encouragement to believe in recovery and the ability to lead meaningful lives. Your efforts have given people with developmental disabilities the ability to leave institutions, live in the community and enjoy simple pleasures such as working, worshiping, and socializing in a neighborhood.

As professionals, you do not receive the recognition you truly deserve. You are known by a variety of names: direct service workers, direct care workers, direct support workers, home health aides, personal services aides, long-term care aides, to name a few. No matter the reference, you offer a wide range of supportive services on a daily basis so that individuals with developmental and other types of disabilities can live and work in their communities.

Among the many services you as a DSP provide are: habilitation, health need fulfillment, personal care and hygiene, employment training, transportation, recreation, housekeeping and other home management-related tasks. You play a vital role by promoting independence and inclusion for individuals with disabilities. Out of respect for your work and dedication to our clients and profession, we take this opportunity to recognize you for the immeasurable difference made each day in the lives of people in our care.

All of us at Step By Step, consumers, families and community members across our 15 counties, say “thank you” for the wonderful work and dedication of our direct support professionals.

Dr. Debbie Tindell
Chairperson of the Board of Directors

James Bobeck
President and CEO

Robert Hintze
Executive V.P. and Chief Operating Officer

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