Today’s Front Line Hero is Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, which is making efforts to ensure the Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are shown well-deserved recognition for their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lutheran Family Services of Virginia (LFSVA) has provided support and services to children, families, and adults for 130 years. Their programming includes services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, helping children in foster care find temporary or permanent families, adoption counseling, and supporting children with behavioral challenges.
LFSVA offers a wide community of care for individuals with intellectual disabilities, and their efforts are driven by the belief that everyone is worthy. They provide extensive programming to address needs across the state, including group homes, day support, in-home care, and a supported employment to help people with disabilities who seek to fulfill their dream of a real job with a real wage.
The Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who serve adults with intellectual disabilities are considered essential, and have continued their work every day throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrating their deep commitment to the individuals they support. LFSVA is grateful for those DSPs and their heroic efforts through the pandemic, and showed their gratitude by purchasing hoodies with a logo that identifies the DSPs as heroes. The LFSVA employees love the hoodies, and DSPs Stormie Shelton, Ang Quinn, and Vicky Hurt are shown above wearing the hoodies proudly and posing as superheroes, with smiles on their faces
Thank you to the incredible Direct Support Professionals who work hard every day to serve individuals with disabilities across Virginia, and to the staff at LFSVA who are recognizing them as heroes!