North Country’s Direct Support Professionals earn recognition

Northern Human Services honored its Direct Support Professionals with a day of good food and fun at the Service Credit Union Heritage Park in Berlin. (COURTESY PHOTO)

BERLIN — On Friday, Sept. 27, Northern Human Services, recognized and honored direct support professionals who work at the Community Services Center in Berlin and Vershire Center in Colebrook.

The festivities were held at the Service Credit Union Heritage Park in Berlin and included a barbecue that was provided by the Family Support Council, followed by a challenging corn hole tournament that was won by Nick Fournier from Berlin and Kari Laundry from Colebrook.

Staff also was presented with yellow T-shirts with the NHS logo that was printed by the Berlin High School graphic arts class.

Direct support professionals are the heart and soul of the Community Services Center and Vershire Center.

They provide a valuable service with support and guidance to individuals with intellectual disabilities. Direct support professionals strive to help individuals to be contributing members of their community, provide guidance to be successful in employment situations, make it possible for an individual to live independently in their own apartment and encourage behaviors that enhance community inclusion.

“We are extremely fortunate to have an amazing group of staff who truly are invested in their jobs and sincerely care for the people they support,” said Program Director Cindy Lapointe. “We are honored to have them working for our agency and value the service they provide.”

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