September 13-19, 2020 is National Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week when the contributions of more than 4.5 million direct support professionals, direct care workers, personal care assistants, personal attendants, in-home support workers and paraprofessionals throughout our country who provide quality support to individuals with disabilities are celebrated. However, due to the on-going pandemic, most organized efforts are being conducted virtually or through individual acts of appreciation.
AIM Services, Inc., the area’s largest provider of services to individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities will be recognizing the more than 400 DSPs it employs through employee-gifts and incentive plans in addition to partnerships with local businesses to provide merchandise and services to DSPs at a discount.
“This year’s DSP Week carries enormous importance.” said Christopher R. Lyons, Executive Director AIM Services, Inc. “During the COVID19 pandemic, Direct Support Professionals have served as a critical line of defense keeping the people we serve safe from the Corona virus.”
“The DSPs continuously place themselves in harm’s way to support others. Each day, they work in close quarters, doing everything from helping individuals feed, dress, bathe and care for themselves including assisting people in safely navigating the community and maintaining routines that impart meaning in their lives on their terms and more. They make a terrific difference in the quality of the lives of people for whom we care.”
“However, that is only a part of their sacrifice,” continued Lyons. “The DSPs work directly in the homes of the people we support; so there is no asking a colleague to cover so you can leave early. They juggle kids who are home from school, care for aging parents, and maintain households under the financial instability of an economy in peril.”
“They slap another piece of duct tape on their car to make it for the next shift, knowing someone is awaiting them joyfully. DSP’s were there yesterday; DSP’s are there today and rest assured they’ll be there tomorrow.”
“DSP’s are true professionals in every sense of the word,” said Lyons. “Their compassion and dedication are an inspiration to everyone; it is fitting that local businesses join us in honoring them.”
Among the participating businesses are The Burke Companies of Dunkin Donuts, Impressions of Saratoga and Dark Horse Mercantile, Luxe Salon and Spa, Midas Auto Repair, King’s Dairy, and Taquero. The full list of participating businesses can be found on the AIM Services website: www.aimservicesinc.org
“Essential care providers for people with disabilities work around the clock in our local communities and with the pandemic, they have willingly taken on a big risk,” said Dunkin franchisee, Tom Burke with The Burke Companies that operates Dunkin Donuts stores throughout the multi-counties that AIM Services supports. “Our family is happy to provide them a much-deserved recognition gift to show our appreciation and acknowledgment of their importance in the community.”
Any business or individual wishing to donate in support and honor of AIM Services’ DSPs, can contact Marissa Romero email@example.com.
Located in Saratoga Springs, AIM Services, Inc. is a non-profit organization serving over 3,000 individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities and their families, in Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties, with a reach covering all of eastern New York including Long Island’s Suffolk County. AIM’s mission revolves around promoting inclusion, independence, and self-confidence in those they serve through community-based services, advocacy and education. More about AIM Services and the AIM 2020 Annual Fund campaign, Keeping Their Dreams Alive, can be found on their web site: www.aimservicesinc.org