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Recognizing Genesis staff members

To the Editor:

September 8 thru 14 has been proclaimed to be Direct Support Professional Recognition Week both nationally through Senate Resolution 208 and in Iowa via a proclamation by Governor Branstad. Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are dedicated, well-trained individuals who provide hands-on daily supports, training, and habilitation services to people with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities. The Board of Directors of Genesis Development would like to take this very appropriate opportunity to recognize more than 450 Genesis staff members throughout the state who do amazing things that enable people with disabilities to live independently, master job skills, obtain employment in the community, be more involved in their communities, and become more independent and confident in their abilities to do things for themselves. Over the years as Genesis has expanded and added one site after another, the buildings, homes and physical assets of Genesis have increased, but the most important acquisition has been the staff we’ve assembled in each new community. Genesis staff members are now working with people with disabilities in Benton, Boone, Buena Vista, Dallas, Greene, Guthrie, Linn, Madison, Pocahontas, Poweshiek, Tama, and Warren counties. We are very aware of the importance of our staff in our overall mission to create opportunities, choices and support for people with disabilities. But more than that, each member of our staff provides a necessary link in the overall plan for each of the people we serve to allow them to become as independent as their abilities will allow. The dedication, patience, teamwork and compassion of the Genesis staff has played an important part in making Genesis one of the leading providers of services for people with disabilities in the state of Iowa. Genesis is not the buildings, homes and equipment we’ve acquired. Genesis is the services we provide, and above all, those who provide those services. Our staff is truly what makes Genesis the best that it can be.

Genesis Development Board of Directors

Steve Pope, Jefferson

Phillip Nelson, Alta

Jane Heun, Jefferson

Gretchen Rowedder, Jefferson

Jim Last, Grand Junction

Jerry Roberts, Jefferson

Jim Barnett, Jefferson

Brian Phillips, Jefferson

Donna Sutton, Jefferson

Pam Nystrom, Boone

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