by Pete Roll, Executive Director
At Resident Home we have always been very fortunate to have a core group of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who are in every sense the backbone of the support we provide to those we serve. They work long days, difficult hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays. We are who we are because of our dedicated DSPs who have been with us for years, some decades. It’s also fortunate when a new DSP comes to us with ideas, enthusiasm and passion. One such person is Donna Lawson, a new (six months) DSP at our Garber Road Home. As we joined in the national recognition of the work of DSPs during DSP Recognition Week September 8 – 13, I could think of no better way to celebrate our DSPs than to have you hear firsthand what it means to be a DSP. I am honored to turn over my place in our newsletter this time to Donna to share a message she wrote after attending the Spring Conference of the Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA.) I know her words will inspire you, as they have inspired me.