Wow, what a year! Enthusiastically, this week we turn attention toward showering our beloved Direct Support Professionals (DSP’s) with gratitude for the invaluable care they provide every day to people with disabilities. This is a national week of recognition that occurs each September and this year it could not come at a more needed time.
The pandemic, social and environmental challenges we have endured this year have highlighted our DSP’s commitment and dedication toward supporting the individuals we serve under incredibly difficult circumstances. It is with deep gratitude that I recognize every DSP and the entire Danville team for consistently being a “good” influence in our world. Your efforts are inspirational! You provide hope, comfort, and stability for the communities we serve. Our DSP week celebrations should be a lot of fun and an uplifting respite from some of the disturbing events that have surrounded us recently.
Our theme this year, “Believe There is Good in the World”, reminds us of the importance of the services we provide and connects our work with the communities in which we live. Each year, we solicit design proposals from staff across the entire company for a single image to be printed on a T-shirt memorializing our annual celebration. We had 26 creative entries this year that uniquely portray the character of this year’s theme. While each submission is remarkable, I am pleased to announce that this year’s winning design came from Brandi Webber. She is a DSP at our Riverton Women program in Utah and her artwork is outstanding! It perfectly captures the spirit of our theme and the essence of the caring support we provide. Thank you to all who submitted designs and congratulations Brandi!
To all our DSPs and caregivers, I wish you a joyous week filled with the warmth and recognition you deserve! This year, more than ever, the impact of your goodness will have a lasting effect on the world around us.
Chris Hatton, CEO