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CFI celebrating Direct Support Professionals Week: DSP Week is Sept. 9-15

Posted: Thursday, Sep 12th, 2013




During Direct Support Professionals week, the Center For Independence is recognizing the efforts of the dedicated and well-trained direct support professionals (DSPs), committed to making communities of choice available to everyone in Huron, Lake Preston, Miller and many other surrounding communities.

The CFI would like to introduce you to five of DSPs who act as a bridge to assist people with developmental disabilities to have a meaningful life.

The most important part of a DSPs job is to help people to make and keep connections with their families, friends, co-workers and the broader community. In addition to that, they provide support to meet basic daily needs.



Caitie Arbogast

Caitie appreciates that even after three years she still leaves work at the end of the day knowing that she made a difference in someone’s life!



Mark Thompsen

Mark, who works in Lake Preston, is not only proud of the relationships he has developed with the men that he supports, but also the relationships that have been developed with people in the community.



Shawn Fernholz

Shawn, an instructor at Blachford house in Miller for the past 8 years, enjoys the variety that her instructor position provides, as well as the smiles you receive when you make someone’s day!



Jim Nelson

For the past five years Jim has taken pride in his success getting people more involved in the community in activities such as bowling, softball and church.



Cherie Geyer

After 18 years, Cherie still gets excited and feels great pride when people she supports are successful in their jobs.



“Our efforts to improve lives and create opportunity only happens because we have DSPs committed to this effort as their vocation,” said Randy Meendering, CEO. “We take this opportunity to provide recognition for their efforts to build a stronger community and organization.”

During this week, designated as National Direct Support Professionals week, the Center will be recognizing and showing appreciation to the 216 DSPs they employ. In gratitude, the Center invites the public to help them recognize their skills and efforts, as well.

For the complete article see the 09-11-2013 issue.

Click here to purchase an electronic version of the 09-11-2013 paper.


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