What is a DSP?

A Direct Support Professional (DSP) provides daily, hands-on support to individuals in their homes and communities. They provide critical services to individuals with Intellectual Disability or Autism (ID/A) and are on the front lines supporting people every day with things like gaining independence, finding jobs, personal hygiene, dressing, bathing. DSPs are one of the main factors in the quality of life for someone with ID/A.

Graduation to DSP Employment

  • Provides students real-life vocational experience while being paid $12.35/hr.
  • A gateway for a number of post-secondary careers such as:
    • Nursing
    • Social Work
    • Health Sciences
    • Employment Services
    • Health Care Services
  • Formal mentorship about the field of direct support through in-class training and on-site internships
  • Earn micro credentials such as First Aid and CPR
  • Begin an industry recognized credential process through the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP)
  • Sites located throughout Lackawanna County

Student Expectations

  • Participate in the program for 15 hours a week, with flexible hours to accommodate the student’s schedule
  • Maintain good attendance and punctuality
  • Responsible for transportation
  • No formal dress code, comfortable and favorable personal appearance
  • Covered by private health insurance
  • Experience the interview process with Human Resources
  • Under no circumstance is the student to be alone with a resident or provide hands-on care

St. Joseph's Center Mission

Saint Joseph’s Center is an independent Catholic agency sponsored by the Congregation of Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, rooted in the values of care, concern, compassion and commitment. The Center strives to provide individuals who have special needs the opportunity to develop their abilities and potential to the fullest extent possible. We do this through residential, community and home-based services, outpatient therapy, maternity, family and adoption services. For decades, St. Joseph’s Center has been a recognized leader in providing quality care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The continuation of such care depends upon the retention and recruitment of a highly qualified workforce. While St. Joseph’s Center currently employs over 600 staff members, the needs for additional staff continues to rise.

How to Apply

Please use the link below to download a copy of the application and return it to the e-mail address listed in the application.