Our Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) have been on the frontline of the COVID-19 outbreak from the beginning.

While we can’t say enough about the health workers who are being called to go above and beyond – we want to take a moment to recognize our DSPs. Every day they support people with disabilities to be as independent as possible, helping them live, work, play, and thrive through this pandemic.

Their work over the last 3 months hasn’t been easy. The people supported in The Arc’s Community Living and Personal Supports homes, and their DSPs, have been following a strict ‘stay at home’ policy to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They’ve implemented enhanced, rigorous cleaning and disinfecting routines, helped the people they support to understand and manage their emotions around new routines and regulations, and supported people with disabilities to find new activities and passions.

Take Wesley, for example. As the weather warmed, Wesley helped Joe plant his first-ever vegetable garden. He encourages Joe to take care of the garden, spending time outside in a safe, socially distancing way. Joe loves his garden and is looking forward to having fresh vegetables all summer long.

Or, Brandee. Phillip mentioned to Brandee that he wanted to learn how to cook. So they’ve been learning basic culinary skills, practicing new recipes, cooking dinner together for everyone in the house.

And then, there are the DSPs, like Valerie and Earlene, who seamlessly jumped in to help the Living Options & Services program by transitioning from full-time job coaches to working in one of the homes.

Our DSPs have stepped up to meet all the challenges COVID-19 has presented. Join us in showing your love for these essential workers. Will you consider sending a card or video thank you to a DSP? All cards can be mailed to 1332 Donald Avenue, Severn, MD 21144 (Attn: Kelly Paparazzo) or emails and videos can be sent to communications@thearcccr.org.

 

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