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Devereux celebrates Direct Support Professionals Week

At Devereux, our direct support professionals are the lifeblood of our organization.

During Direct Support Professionals Week (DSP) – September 10-16 – Devereux recognizes and celebrates its DSPs’ efforts to bring help and healing to the individuals we serve every day.

About DSP Week

Since 2008, the United States has recognized one week in September as “National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week.” This week is a time when hospitals, schools, healthcare providers and others honor their DSPs and show appreciation for their vital contributions to communities across the country.

“I started my career as a DSP and it was the best job I ever had. And to this day, I feel it was the most important job of my career,” said Vice President of Operations Gail Atkinson. “While we need executives and administrators to handle the business side of what we do, in the bottom of my heart I know that, without a great group of DSPs, our organization doesn't need the rest of us. Our DSPs are truly the backbone of Devereux.”

DSPs share their perspectives

Look below to see what makes our DSPs tick, and to learn how they feel about their positions at Devereux.

“I like having the opportunity to make someone else's life better. I ensure the safety of our clients, assist in promoting a healthy and clean environment, and support them with self-help skills to help clients work toward independent living, wherever possible. I love my clients because not only do I have the chance to give them advice and help them develop new skills, but they serve as a teaching tool for me, as well.”
    — Devereux Texas DSP Stacie Cunningham

“I love being a part of such a close-knit team. Knowing that I have people around me with common goals, who will keep me safe and moving in the right direction, makes me feel a part of something much larger than myself. When I work with the children we serve, my goal is to help them find something in life that will give them a passionate and creative drive. Working with kids is an amazing experience, especially when you see one of them find their calling, and their eyes light up. To them, the future becomes limitless and their own potential becomes realized.”
    — Devereux Colorado DSP Keenan Dunn

 “I love my job!!! I like that I am a consistent person in our individuals’ lives: someone they trust and can depend on. I like helping them work through difficult times and celebrating their achievements – sometimes all in one day. And as much as I care for them, they care for me, as well. I love seeing them smile and having fun while helping them work on, and meet, their goals. Our program is a ‘family’ atmosphere.”
    — Devereux New York Day Habilitation Group Coordinator Jade Shumen

Direct Support Professionals: Join our team!

Devereux is always looking for DSPs who want to make a difference in the lives of children, adolescents and adults who need our support.

Our competitive benefit programs include:

  • Career advancement opportunities
  • Competitive pay and best available, highest quality, low-cost benefit options (benefits.devereux.org)
  • Student loan forgiveness eligibility
  • Comprehensive on-the-job training
  • Multiple programs and services to match your career interests 

If you are looking to be inspired, we’re looking for you! To find your new career at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, visit: jobs.devereux.org.  

  

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