UCP Central Pa

Direct Support Professional Residential Services, PT 30+ Thursday overnight and Friday 3pm-8pm, Saturday 4pm-8pm Sunday 8am-2pm (schedule is subject to change)

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Direct Care- Residential Services
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Many people go to work every day, wondering if they’re making a difference.

Direct Support Professionals don’t wonder – they know they are.


Direct Support Professionals support people to realize their full potential and live with an

“everyday lives” philosophy.


You can be a Direct Support Professional. There is no special training required – and we pay you while you learn everything you need to know to succeed in your new career.


And unlike most jobs, DSP’s do something deeply rewarding while they earn a competitive wage and benefits.


Here’s what you’ll get as a DSP:

  • a starting wage of $11-$12 with $1 shift differential for 2nd shift and weekends.
  • paid training and opportunities for advancement.
  • opportunities for an annual wage increase.
  • a career that is recession proof (and with ever-growing demand).
  • compensation while attending parties, special events, and offsite outings.
  • benefits which may include the following: Health Insurance coverage (medical, dental, and vision) with a Flexible Spending Account (medical and dependent care), a 403(b) retirement savings account, paid leave (PTO and holidays), paid bereavement leave, life insurance, short and long-term disability insurance, and more.


What you’ll do:

  • Enhance the ability of the participant to lead a self-determined life by providing the support and information necessary to build self-esteem, and assertiveness; and to make decisions.
  • Apply effective, sensitive communication skills to build rapport and channels of communication by recognizing and adapting to the range of participant communication styles.
  • Assist and/or facilitate the development of an individualized plan based on participant preferences, needs, and interests. 
  • Assist the participant to meet physical (i.e. health, grooming, toileting, eating) and personal management needs (i.e. human development, human sexuality), by teaching skills, providing supports, and building on individual strengths and capabilities. 
  • Assist the participant with household management (i.e. meal prep, laundry, cleaning, decorating) and with transportation needs to maximize skills, abilities, and independence. 
  • Assist with identifying, securing, and using needed equipment (i.e. adaptive equipment) and therapies (i.e. physical, occupational, and communication). 
  • Explore with the participant his/her vocational interests and aptitudes, assist in preparing for job or school entry, and review opportunities for continued career growth.
  • Demonstrate the importance of community involvement, social interactions, and maintaining relationships. Develop and facilitate community connections and relationships.
  • Coordinate activities including shopping trips, social outings, and doctor’s appointments per each individual’s requests.
  • Match specific supports and interventions to the unique needs of individual participants and recognize the importance of friends, family, and community relationships.


What we’re looking for –


At a minimum, you’ll need:

  • High school Diploma or General Education Development (GED) Certificate required.
  • A valid driver’s license with a clean record (no DUIs within the last five years).
  • Access to regular use of a vehicle with valid insurance coverage.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Flexible to work all assigned work schedules including holidays, evenings, nights, and weekend hours as business needs dictate.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents in English. Ability to read and communicate verbally in English. Written communication skills in English may also be required.


It’d be great if you also have:

  • Knowledge specific to the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, and/or the aging population.



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