Direct Support Professional Recognition week starts on 9-12-10. What things does your agency plan to do to recognize the hard work of your direct care workers? My agency has lots of fun ideas, that I would like to share. I would also be interested in any ideas you have to share.

Monday: Yellow Flag Campaign on lawn, drawings for t-shirts and ½ days off with pay

Tuesday: Send S-Comm with literature regarding ANCOR, the purpose of DSP week, legislation in place for DSPs; have samples of individualized letters staff can send to Congress about increasing their wages; drawings for movie tickets and ½ days off with pay

Wednesday: Breakfast for all programs, drawings for gas cards and ½ days off with pay

Thursday: Management deliver notes to DSP, drawings Wal-Mart gift cards and ½ days off with pay, cook lunch in main building for facility based programs

Friday: Cook out for all programs supervisors/directors, managers and supervisors cooking and bringing side dishes, Community Living cook dinner at houses, drawings for half day off with pay

Kudos to all DSPs and the wonderful job they do supporting persons in our agencies!   Enjoy DSP recognition week!