Earlier this month, Penn-Mar honored our Direct Support Professional
(DSP) staff during DSP Recognition Week; A week spent thanking our DSPs and all the valuable
work they do on a daily basis.
A week is simply not enough time to celebrate
their important work of transforming life into living.
For Penn-Mar to continue to provide innovative and transforming programs for individuals with disabilities we must have compassionate and dedicated DSPs; thankfully we do! The September newsletter is focusing
on three of our DSPs who have made a difference in the lives of the individuals
they work with. We are lucky to have hundreds of these amazing stories that
reflect the devotion and passion DSPs have for the individuals they support. We will continue to tell you these stories on our website, in our newsletters, and on our facebook page.
We know you value the dedication of Penn-Mar’s DSPs as much as we do, please
take the time to thank the DSPs in your loved one’s life!
Of the nearly seven years that Steve Nyabuti has been in the
United States, he has spent the last five of them as a DSP with Penn-Mar,
supporting four individuals in a residence in Whitehall, Maryland. Although he
says this is not an occupation he planned to get into, the experience has given
him an invaluable outlook on life that has helped shape who he is as a young
Teaching Independence and Hugs
“They bring such joy,” she exclaims. “They have daily
challenges but from the minute they wake up — many of them with physical
disabilities – they smile and are so happy to see you and greet the new day.
They have taught me what a blessing it is to have them in my life.”
The Rewards of Patience in a
Any Direct Support Professional will tell you that the most
important thing you need to be a DSP is patience…lots of patience. The second
is compassion. In essence though, the two go hand in hand in a field that is
both simultaneously challenging and rewarding, but hampered by low wages and
high turnover. For Penn-Mar DSP and Day Program Community Activity Instructor
Elena Leonard the challenges and rewards have come quickly in the three short
years she’s been with the nonprofit.
Have You Donated to the
Michael James Pitts Endowment for the Advancement of
Direct Support Professionals?
The Michael James Pitts Endowment for the Advancement of Direct Support
Professionals aids Penn-Mar’s DSP Career Ladder and Credentialing Program. This
innovative program enhances the skills of the DSPs who provide care to our
loves ones at Penn-Mar. Experienced and skilled DSPs ensures that the
individuals at Penn-Mar have a high quality of life experiences that will transform life into living. Your donation will be leading a critical effort that will provide high-quality
training and opportunities for Direct Support Staff.
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