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September 2021 Newsletter

A Note from Diana Jackson, CEO

We Celebrate Direct Support Professionals

September is the time when we celebrate DSP’s (Direct Support Professionals).

You might ask – what does a Direct Support Professional do?

The job of a DSP is to:

  • Teach people self-care in the areas of bathing, laundry, meal preparation, using the restroom, house cleaning, etc.
  • Support people toward appropriate behavior
  • Transport people
  • Provide job training and support
  • Provide support for people supported to interact and engage with their community
  • Plan outings, birthday parties, holiday celebrations, vacations
  • Shop along with people supported for groceries, clothes, house hold decorations
  • Wash, clean, and gas their assigned vehicles
  • Provide emotional support to those who are hurting
  • Administer medications
  • Deal with emergencies
  • Accompany people supported to medical appointments and the ER when needed
  • Document activities, medication administration, etc
  • Follow all agency protocols
  • Cope with grief as those they care for decline or pass away
  • Work overtime when you would rather not
  • Support co-workers
  • Create a fun and happy home life
  • Work with the families of the people supported
  • Assist with anything else you are asked to do
Direct Support Professionals are the foundation of the support that we provide at Life Bridges.
A HUGE THANK YOU from me, the Board of Directors, and administrative staff at the agency.
We couldn’t do it without you!
Life Bridges Partners – Thank you for believing in and partnering with us!
National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week

Red Carpet Week for Life Bridges DSPs

Ryan Dempsey (Day Services)
Melissa Coblentz (Day Services - ECF)
Kathleen Clingan (Day Services)
Chasity Watts (Residential)
Rosalee Jarrell (Day Services)
Tammy Self (Residential)
Lisa Watson (Residential)
David Williams (Residential)
Drew Campbell (ICF)
Tyree Smith (ICF)
Stephanie Kruse (ICF)
Michelle Hutto (Day Services)
Heather Cooper (ICF)

Not pictured:

Donna Bennett (Residential)