Pathfinder honors its direct support professionals

Lisa Pape (left) presents a gift to Direct Support Professional Rachel Hamm in honor of Pathfinder’s direct support professional week. Photo provided.

Pathfinder Services participated in the 2013 National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week Sept. 9 to 13 by recognizing and thanking all of its direct support professionals for their service.

Each direct support professional received a gift each day in appreciation of all they do to impact the lives of the clients they serve.

Pathfinder Services employs 378 direct support professionals who act as mentors, teachers and offer support to teens and adults with intellectual disabilities.

The direct support professional provides assistance in the home, at work and in the community to help those served reach their potential while taking into consideration their personal dreams and goals.

"We truly appreciate all that this dedicated and hard-working team does to improve the lives of those we serve," says Sandy Wing, director of the Community Supports Division of Pathfinder Services. "While we are grateful every day for their contributions, we enjoy celebrating our direct support professionals during this special week."

Pathfinder Community Supports is the teenager and adult services division of Pathfinder Services, providing support services in the intellectual disability and autism spectrum.

Pathfinder Services serves more than 4,000 individuals with and without disabilities throughout northeast Indiana.

For more information on the services of Pathfinder Services, call 356-0500 or visit