ROCHESTER, Minn. – Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede proclaimed September 10-15 ‘Direct Support Professionals Week’ in Rochester.
A DSP is a professional caregiver, helping people with identifiable disabilities. Jamie O’Connor from Possabilities, an organization providing services to people with disabilities, said work can be anything from teaching someone how to tie his or her shoes to helping someone with disabilities get employed.
This week is meant to recognize all the work these people do. O’Connor said this week of celebration is especially important in a field where people are dedicated to helping others.
“Because you're not always thinking about yourself, so it's nice to take some time out and say, ‘hey you're doing a great job and we really appreciate all the things that you do,’” she said.
The week also comes at a time where organizations like Possabilities are facing a 7% budget cut from the state. While the cut in funding hurts, O’connor said the job is never about the money or recognition.
“It really is a passion,” she said. “So we really try to go above and beyond to let our teams know we appreciate the work they do on a daily basis. Because it's not easy.”
Possabilities is celebrating the week with decorations in the office and donuts.