ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – They dedicate their lives to help improve the quality of life of others. Monday, Direct Support Professionals were honored for their hard work and dedication in Rochester.
A Direct Support Professional is a caregiver who works with individuals with disabilities, helping with everything from medication to meal preparations.
At Bear Creek Services, Mayor Kim Norton proclaimed September 8-14 as National DSP Recognition Week in Rochester.
Community leaders and clients praised the sacrifices made everyday by direct support professionals and also talked about the need to raise their wages.
Representatives from service centers across the area as well as friends and family of individuals with disabilities were all in attendance for the recognition.
Cardinal of Minnesota DSP Kelsey Holst says although there are challenges with the job, the work is incredibly rewarding.
“It’s fun to see their faces and get them to…sometimes they’re cranky about going out to do stuff but then we’re there and have these huge smiles and…a little bit of frustration is worth it at the end of the day,” Holst said.
Two standout professionals from Rochester’s Bear Creek Services and Hiawatha Homes were each nominated for statewide awards.
Representatives say they could not make the honoring because they were working and providing care.