Honoring the Incredible Work of our Direct Support Professionals
September 12-18, 2021 was Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week. We celebrated the week with brief video messages of appreciation (below). We welcome this annual DSP Recognition event so we can illuminate the exceptional work of our direct care staff. Around the clock in our Children’s and Adult Services Programs, Latham’s DSPs make a profound difference in the lives of the individuals we serve.
On the final day of DSP Recognition Week (September 18th), Latham Centers joined the Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Parade in honor of all essential workers. You are all heroes!
“We honor the work of our direct care staff… Thank you all for the incredible work you do on an ongoing basis to support the children and adults in our programs… Your dedication, your care, your kindness and commitment shine every day… You are valued and appreciated for all you do.” ~ Anne McManus, President and CEO
“There is no end to what you do… you’re versatile, and you create a home and a family for the people who live here, and it’s so much appreciated…” ~ Gina Sheehan, Director of Adult Services
“It’s hard to find new ways of telling you how amazing it is to work with you, and how much you’re appreciated and valued… the glowing comments that parents and families make, and how secure they feel knowing that their loved ones are in your care – it’s fantastic, and we’re glad that we can pass that along.” ~ Ben Mundy, Assistant Director of Adult Services
“…For every challenge – and there have been many over the past 19 months – you all kept coming back each and every day. You were flexible, you were understanding, you were loving, and you were that bright light for our students. We thank you for your blood, your sweat, your tears – but most importantly, the joy that you bring to our campus and our community…. You ALL personify LathamStrong!” ~ Gerry Pouliot, Director of Children’s Services
Student Bedro“You all come in every day, showing up for our kids during school, residential, or overnight hours… Our kids have so much fun with you because of the fun, engaging activities you plan with them. Thank you so much!” ~ Meghan Foley, Director of Education and Vikacha Phiri, Director of Social Services
Our DSPs are “the beating heart of Latham Centers!” ~ Patrice Carroll, Director of PWS Services; Brittni Kliment, Director of Program Marketing & Admissions; and Katrina (Fryklund) Kozak, Director of National Outreach
“Latham Centers is privileged to have the best direct care staff. They are a dedicated, compassionate group who provide our students with structure, support, guidance, and fun… They work tirelessly to ensure all students are encouraged to grow into amazing young adults… Thank you for all that you do each and every day with a smile!” ~ Bonnie White, Director of Nursing
“They do extraordinary work with the children and adults in our programs… Our direct care staff are attentive, patient, understanding, compassionate, adaptable – and so much more.” ~ Dawn Dinnan, Director of Communications
“…Our staff is deeply invested in their work. You are making a difference in the lives of our children and adult residents. You raise them up with your kindness, and you inspire them with your belief in all that they are capable of achieving. Thank you!” ~Heather Kelsey, Director of Advancement
Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Parade: Honoring Our Heroes
From our Latham Centers Parent Community:
Endless thanks to our DSPs who support the children and adults who call Latham Centers home. You are heroes! “Thank you for your selfless perseverance, day in and day out.”