What is a Direct Support Professional?

You're compassionate, caring for individuals as if they are your own family. You're an advocate, concerned about the wellbeing of others. You believe in the power of community and providing opportunities for people of all abilities to contribute. And most of all, you're a friend who can listen, share laughter and offer encouragement to get through the tough times. You're a DSP: Direct Support Professional. You're valued as an extension of our residents' families.

Tell me about your best day on the job...

“My first day back from vaction—they're just so happy to have you back. They give you lots of hugs.”

–Debra, DSP at RHA

Sharing a Passion for Helping Others

As a DSP, you assist residents living in the lifelong homes that RHA provides for adults with developmental disabilities. Our DSPs provide direct care services for clients, and because of their caring, they become extended family.

  • Provide direct care services for individuals with Autism, Down Syndrome and other disabilities
  • Deliver services and support 24/7/365
  • Flexible work schedules, including nights and weekends

Is a DSP Career a Fit For You?

Do you like to cook or plan menus for a family? Do you enjoy shopping, seeing movies and attending community events? Do you want to make a difference? Do you enjoy challenges and celebrate success? Do you believe that everyone has the right to a safe and nurturing home in the community?

If you answered yes, a DSP career might be the right fit for you!

You're Part of Our Family

We support the team that cares for our family of residents and individuals who participate in our day programs. When you're a DSP with RHA, you have access to resources and ongoing training.

  • Comprehensive orientation process
  • Job training (experience not required-passion for people necessary!)
  • Continuous education
  • Specialized training to learn new skills
  • Job security in a recession-proof career
  • Competitive pay, signing bonus, paid vacation and benefits

DSP Job Qualifications

Are you interested in pursuing a fulfilling career as a DSP at a human services organization that puts people first? Let's talk more about what it means to be a DSP.

Some qualifications include:

  • High school or equivalency diploma
  • Good driving record
  • Pass background checks
  • Provide support to individuals with developmental disabilities according to the DSP Code of Ethics
  • Previous experience in human services welcome but not required