Direct Support Professionals Week: Devereux honors its DSPs
At Devereux, direct support professionals are the backbone of our organization.
During Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Week – September 9-15 – Devereux celebrates its 3,400 DSPs, as they bring hope, healing and joy to the individuals and families in our care.
About DSP Week
Since 2008, the United States has observed “National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week;” it is a time when hospitals, schools, healthcare providers and others recognize and thank DSPs for their vital contributions to communities across the country.
“The role of a direct support professional is both challenging and rewarding. At Devereux, our DSPs work extremely hard to improve the lives of so many individuals living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Rhea Fernandes. “They are an inspiration, and we could not carry out our organization’s mission without them.”
DSPs share their perspectives
Look below to see what makes our DSPs tick, and find out how they feel about making a difference in the lives of so many individuals who need care, comfort and support.
“I came to Devereux
10 years ago looking for a job. I would have never guessed that it was a
calling in my life. Being a DSP is both challenging and inspirational! I like
being able to connect with young adults and help prepare them for the future or
the next level in their lives. When you
realize that success is measured by small milestones – reached one day at a
time – the possibilities are endless for what each child in our care can
“The general welfare
of each of my clients is my greatest responsibility. I live Devereux’s mission
by being a good listener and providing an atmosphere of open communication,
including having fun! What I like best about my job is the relationships I have
developed with each individual. It has been so rewarding to help improve
the quality of their lives – and to be there for them.”
“I go out of my way to
talk to the individuals we serve, and show them the extra kindness they deserve
– every day. And I want them to remember that kindness on bad days, so those
bad days aren’t so bad. I love to see them smile! Most of all, I want our
individuals to know I care about them, so they feel they can come to me at any time
for help and support.”
Direct Support Professionals: Join our team!
Devereux is hiring direct support professionals who have a passion to support and empower children, adolescents and adults.
Our competitive benefit programs include:
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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