St. Joseph Home

Pillars In Action: Servant Leadership

As many of you are aware this is National Direct Support Professional recognition week.  This is a week where we at St. Joseph Home, along with the rest of the nation, recognize the dedication and accomplishments of the hard-working Direct Support Professional (DSP) workforce and express our gratefulness for their contributions and differences they make each day.

When someone asks me, what is a DSP, I hope they have a while for me to answer this question since it is not a quick explanation, they are …… teachers, mentors, confidants, champions, personal care givers, dieticians, therapists, advocates and the people that help to assist people with disabilities live a life of purpose and meaning.  This role requires selflessness, compassion, commitment, an immense array of skills, and can be both physically and emotionally challenging …… yet they do it anyway, every day.

As you can see, DSP’s give of themselves in so many ways in order to impact the lives of those they serve.  They are the heart, soul, and strength of our service system.  Not only can we recognize them this week with verbal accolades and gifts of appreciation but we can get behind them and the NADSP’s call for action to help establish a Standard Occupation Code (SOC) which will assist in increasing policy maker’s awareness and understanding of the unique and critical work they do.

Please join in helping to establish a Direct Support Professional Standardized Occupational Code by clicking on the link,, to show that their work is important, valued, in need of recognition.  By supporting them, the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in turn will be enriched.

As we close DSP recognition week, I want to extend one last heartfelt THANK YOU to the DSP workforce and the DSP’s here at St. Joseph Home and let you know that your work is seen, valued, respected, and appreciated not just this week but each and every day!!


With Gratitude,

Becky Watson, VP of Community Services