Direct Support Professionals: The Heartbeat of Monarch
No one plays a bigger role in touching the lives of the people Monarch supports than our dedicated direct support professionals.
Monarch employs more than 980 direct support staff across North Carolina. During National Direct Support Professionals Week, Sept. 11-17, the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) asks us all to recognize and thank these selfless workers for all they do for the people we support, their families, and the health and well-being of our society.
“As someone who worked as a direct support professional for over a decade, I understand the daily challenges and rewards of providing direct service to people with disabilities,” said Monarch Chief Operating Officer-REC Jim Kelley. “We appreciate the long hours and hard work that our staff puts in, and we appreciate their patience, their diligence and the joy they bring to the people we support.”
As we celebrate National Direct Support Professionals Week at Monarch, Monarch directors of program operations have planned a variety of activities to recognize and thank our direct support staff.
Monarch also is a sponsor of The North Carolina Alliance of Direct Support Professionals celebration Sept. 11-12 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, and a group of direct support staff will attend to represent the company. The event will honor direct support professionals from across the state for the amazing work they do and the tremendous support they provide to the people they serve.
“The work that direct support professionals do is occasionally physical, sometimes emotional and always rewarding,” Kelley said. “They give so much to the people we support, but we are all mindful that, as staff members, we also receive much in return.”