Monday, October 19th, 2020

Pathfinder honors and thanks frontline workers

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017

Pathfinder Services gave a thank you gift to over 270 employees in honor of National Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Recognition Week, September 10 to September 16. The gift was a small way to thank their Direct Support Professionals who provide services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community.

Direct Support Professional Recognition Week is part of the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) National Advocacy Campaign, whose mission is to enhance the lives of all people with disabilities who rely on long-term supports and services by obtaining the resources to recruit, train and retain a highly qualified and sustainable workforce.

Sandy Wing, director of Pathfinder Community Supports stated, “Our Direct Support Professionals are the frontline care givers for those we serve and we are very appreciative of all that these professionals offer day to day to enrich the lives of the individuals we serve. This national week of recognition is a great opportunity for us to say thank you for all of their contributions and the relationships they build.”

The gift was a hooded sweatshirt featuring the artwork of an individual served by the Creative Abilities art studio in Huntington. The sweatshirt was purchased through Pathfinder OutSource Manufacturing which offers customized gift options including shirts, mugs, key chains, glass frames and more.

Pathfinder Services employs over 270 Direct Support Professionals who act as mentors, teachers, and offer support to teens and adults with intellectual disabilities. The Direct Support Professional provides assistance in the home, at work and in the community to help individuals reach their ultimate potential while taking into consideration his or her personal dreams and goals.

Direct Support Professional Recognition Week is celebrated annually across the country with special events and ceremonies earmarked to honor the tens of thousands of workers who enable people with intellectual, developmental and other significant disabilities and their families to live healthy, inclusive and independent lives in their communities.

Shown in the photo is Samantha Endsley, left, receiving her gift from Amy Thornsberry.