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Letter: Honor direct support professionals

  • Author: Michele Girault
    | Opinion
  • Updated: September 15
  • Published September 15

The national recognition of direct support professionals, honoring individuals across the state who provide daily gifts of care, support, teaching and mentoring to elders, those with intellectual or physical disabilities, and mental health challenges, is taking place Sept.13-19.

This year, more than ever, the skills, commitment and resilience of direct support professionals have enabled hundreds of Alaskans to stay safe, healthy and engaged in the midst of a global pandemic.

In my career in non-profit leadership, I have been awed and inspired by countless individuals devoting their careers to the service and support of others, without expectation for recognition, but having significant impact on the lives of those they support. All our communities are enriched by diversity, and direct support professionals help build communities where everyone is valued for their individual gifts and talents.

I urge everyone to take a moment this week to recognize these dedicated members of our community, celebrating the passion and joy they bring to their work, the meaningful outcomes they help facilitate, and the partnerships and relationships they commit to.

Michele Girault

CEO, Hope Community Resources

Anchorage

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