From Executive Director, Mary Ann Allen to All of Wildwood's Direct Support Professionals
Happy Direct Support Professional
This week, we celebrate Wildwood’s unsung heroes—our Direct Support Professionals --the talented men and women who work quietly, without fanfare, and often without notice each and every day to support the lives, goals, hopes and dreams of the children and adults who turn to us for help, all of whom live with the challenges of developmental disabilities.
Without you, our DSPs, Wildwood would not exist. Because of you and the trusting, caring, respectful friendships you build with each individual you support, thousands of children and adults learn and grow in wonderful ways as individuals, children, siblings, friends and members of our communities. Along the way, you give those around us who are not touched by developmental disabilities a better understanding of Wildwood’s mission, and you encourage a broader acceptance of people with developmental disabilities as valued, fully included members of our society. These are priceless gifts to all of us.
For those of us who parent a child, young or old, with developmental disabilities (and I am one of those), your efforts touch our hearts in a way that cannot be captured in words. Thank you, from the bottoms of our collective hearts, for all that you do. Today, this week, and always, we celebrate, honor and give thanks for all of you!!
And now, lets CELEBRATE OUR DSPs AND HAVE FUN!!! I encourage each and every member of the Wildwood Family (person receiving services, employee, family member, Board member, community partner) to thank every DSP you can during the coming week for all that they do. Keep a running tally (but this is a qualitative, not quantitative exercise), and let me know how many DSPs you have thanked, when the week is over. You will get no reward other than the satisfaction of knowing that you did the right thing!! However, I will publish the “Top 10” List early next week. You WANT your name on this list!!
Wildwood DSPs, we have lots of treats in store for you this week, so keep your eyes peeled! Among other surprises, we will be announcing daily winners of a total of more than 40 gifts cards from Stewart’s, Price Chopper (one time usage gas cards with differing amounts of discounts per gallon, and one “free tank”!!) and Dunkin Donuts. You won’t know your prize until your name is announced and you open your envelope!! **
WILDWOOD DSPs, WE CELEBRATE YOU AND THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!!