Frontline workers caring for people with disabilities – Shaw Local


Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) enable people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) to live, work and thrive in their communities. DSPs help people learn to do things for themselves and realize their full potential.

In addition to being compassionate and caring, a Direct Support Professional (DSP) assists with the following routine daily activities in a group home or day program.

  • Assist clients with mobility and hygiene activities (bathing, grooming, toileting, etc.)
  • Meal preparation and meal assistance
  • Tracking goals, behaviors and daily logs
  • Home cleaning (laundry and cleaning)
  • Organize and take clients to community events and fun activities

“Patience, understanding, compassion and adaptability are just a few of the words I would use to describe a DSP working at Pioneer Center,” says IDD Director DJ Newport. “DSPs work here because it’s more than just a job, it’s a rewarding experience,” adds Newport.

To learn more about this rewarding career opportunity, please watch “A Day in the Life of a DSP” at

The Pioneer Center is currently recruiting DSPs and other team members to be part of a passionate and caring organization that has over 60 years of positively impacting the lives of our community. To learn more about joining the Pioneer Center team, please visit the careers page at If you have questions about employment opportunities, contact Regina Thomas, Pioneer Center recruiter, at (224) 308-0319 or email her at

Pioneer Center for Human Services is a 64-year-old private nonprofit organization that provides lifesaving community programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), essential behavioral and mental health services, and much-needed assistance to the homeless. through PADS Emergency. Homeless shelter.

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