Wayzata-based Hammer Residences will honor its direct support professionals for National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week beginning Monday, Sept. 11. An all-company picnic is scheduled and gifts will be passed out throughout the week. DSPs are dedicated staff who provide services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in the organization’s 37 homes and 10 apartment programs throughout the west metro Area.
“Our direct support professionals are hard-working men and women, who are dedicated to supporting the people with disabilities we serve,” said CEO John Estrem. “Each year, we take time out to honor and recognize their commitment and dedication to the people Hammer supports. This year, the main focus at our annual Reach for Ralph event was raising funds to support and retain our DSPs.”
The week is part of the American Network of Community Options and Resources 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.
The week is celebrated annually across the country with special events and ceremonies to honor the tens of thousands of workers who enable people with disabilities and their families to live healthy lives in their communities.