September 20, 2018
Merakey Celebrates DSP Recognition Week
Direct Support Professional Recognition Week is September 9 – 15. Merakey thanks all Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and staff who work in direct-care positions, for your continuous and tireless efforts to support the individuals we provide services for on a daily basis! Your commitment to more than 50,000 individuals and families does not go unrecognized and Merakey is extremely fortunate to have you as part of our team!
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed PAR's proclamation declaring the week of September 9-15, 2018 to be Direct Support Professional Recognition Week, noting that "Direct Support Professionals provide essential support to help keep individuals with disabilities connected to their family, friends, and community and enable them to live meaningful lives in a community of their choice".
In honor of DSP Week, programs from around the organization are celebrating our dedicated employees:
The Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities programs in the Northeast Region of PA
celebrated their Direct Support Professionals (DSP) during DSP Appreciation Week.
- The DSPs in Susquehanna County were sent nice notes letting them know how much they are appreciated for the work they do every day.
- The DSPs in Lehigh County had breakfast and lunch provided to them, including bagels, fruit, cupcakes, danish, pizza, and drinks. Staff members were thanked for their service and provided with a goodie bag that consisted of Bath and Body hand sanitizer, tootsie rolls, a tablet, and a pen. Each bag had a note attached that said “Thank you for the very important “ROLL” that you play each day! Keep up the good work!"
- NEPA day program DSPs were also given a bag of candy and lip balm with notes stating “thanks for bee-ing a great employee, you're the balm.”
- And finally, DSPs at Schuylkill Mountain Center gave their staff Dunkin Donuts gift cards.
Merakey AVS at Patricia Hillman Miller Campus (PHMC) celebrated Direct Support Professionals Week with several festivities. During the week, staff members were treated to “Wings and Things” on 1st and 2nd shifts and pastries and fruit were shared on 3rd shift. On Wednesday, a free drink was given to staff members who brought a resident to the school store. Mary Curtz, resident support director, coordinated the first annual Cornhole Tournament!
In a challenge between the Medical and Residential Departments Marissa Robinson, Danielle Cummins and MaKeya Powell represented the nurses well by powering past the Residential Team of Rakia Williams and Travis Alexander. Several employees took their chances at the lollipop game where everybody was a winner either by winning a lollipop, a Merakey cup, a Cartoon Shaker, Tshirts and more!
Finally, a tribute from our residents written by Program Director Pam King was presented to the staff: “You make our lives meaningful; you care for us every day; you show us respect; you advocate for us; your kindness shows through in everything you do; you enrich our days with your smiles; you are the reason we love our lives at PHMC. Thank you for making a difference!!"