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Blossom Hill Celebrates Direct Support Professionals During “DSP Recognition Week”
Local Nonprofit Organization Joins Nationwide Week of Recognition for Caregivers of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

September 11, 2022 (WESTLAKE, OHIO) –Blossom Hill, Inc. is pleased to kick off the nationally-recognized Direct Support Professionals Week, September 11 through 17. Direct Support Professionals – or DSPs – are caregivers specifically trained to care for individuals with developmental disabilities. At Blossom Hill, a nonprofit organization, 62 DSPs provide round-the-clock care for 36 individuals with developmental disabilities.

Blossom Hill DSPs not only provide essential care like dressing, showering, bathing, and feeding. They provide much-needed companionship and emotional support that the individuals may not have received in other settings.

We are so grateful for the DSPs who tirelessly provide much-needed care for our individuals and deliver the highest quality care with patience, compassion, and love,” Lisa Kristosik, Chief Executive Officer said. “Our hope is that they enjoy this week and know how special they are to our individuals and our company each and every day.”

“I am impressed by the quality of care that our direct support professionals provide to each individual who lives in our homes,” said Jessica Toivonen, Executive Director at Blossom Hill. “They are textbook examples of what it means to provide ‘person-centered care’ and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Nationally, DSP Week is led by American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), a nonprofit trade association representing more than 1,600 private community providers of services to people with disabilities. This week is meant to highlight the dedicated, innovative direct support workforce that is the heart and soul of supports for people with disabilities. This week is just a small fraction of the recognition that they deserve throughout the year.

About Blossom Hill, Inc.

Founded in 1968, Blossom Hill is a nonprofit organization that that owns and operates family-style group homes for adults with profound intellectual and physical disabilities living in the Greater Cleveland Area. Our homes provide a loving environment and personalized 24-hour care for our individuals, short-term respite care for families that need temporary care for their love ones, and supported living care options. For more information, visit our website at blossom-hill.org.

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