Reflections on 2018 DSP Recognition Week – Sept. 9-15

by Rebecca Bryant, LRCS President & CEO

This week Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) joins with thousands of organizations around the country to celebrate Direct Support Professionals (DSPs).  While it is both fun and important to dedicate a week to recognizing our DSPs and their career choice, at LRCS we work hard all year round to support the challenging work of DSPs and value all they give to our community


LRCS is adorned in yellow this week to celebrate the importance of DSPs at the frontline of our mission!

DSPs are on the front line of LRCS – directly supporting our most vulnerable population day in and day out,  throughout the greater Lakes Region.  They are asked to always maintain a positive approach while working in a career that includes an incredible range of duties and challenges, as well as offering the emotional rewards inherent in helping others.

While we have made tremendous strides in the field, there are still barriers and challenges that individuals experiencing an intellectual disability, an acquired brain disorder or physical disability face every day. Access to their community, to living safely, to adequate transportation and housing, to finding employment and enjoying the same opportunities that living in the Lakes Region provides to the rest of us, presents a constant struggle.  Thanks to DSPs –  individuals and families do not face these challenges alone.  DSPs stand side by side with them to access the community and push the limits to achieve better quality of life for everyone.

So we thank our DSP’s this week, we celebrate the profession to which they have been called, and we hope that their work and dedication to others is recognized not just here at LRCS, but throughout our community,  all year long.

Thank you to the over two hundred DSP’s that we have working for LRCS.  You make a difference!