Working with My Best Friends

Direct Support Professionals (DSP) are the frontline caregivers for the individuals who receive services at Indian Creek Foundation. The DSP staff works in both our Residential and Day Programs to support participants in a variety of activities.

Tyesha has been a DSP with Indian Creek Foundation for 9 years (as of Feb 2023) and recently shared some of her story.

It was My First Job Back in the Area, and I’m Still Here

When Tyesha first moved back to the Philadelphia area from Florida, her sister was working at Indian Creek Foundation and suggested that Tyesha join her here. Tyesha started as a DSP in the Residential Program and worked the overnight shift for a few years.

Ready for some more traditional hours, Tyesha transferred to the Day Program and has been here ever since. Tyesha says she can’t even think about leaving, because she gets to work with her best friends every day. In addition to loving the positive work environment with both her colleagues and the individuals she supports, Tyesha appreciates the flexibility in scheduling that allows her to balance work and family.

When asked what kind of organization Indian Creek Foundation is to work for, Tyesha said, “I feel very supported. Just on a daily basis of what I bring to the company, they show me that they do appreciate me.”

Supporting Individuals with Disabilities is Heart Work

Tyesha’s favorite part of the day is when the Day Program participants begin arriving in the morning. This is where she gets to greet everyone at the door with a big smile and hello. She looks forward to coming in because this is such a fun environment.

The days themselves are full of learning. While Tyesha supports Day Program participants in their activities, she finds that she is constantly learning from them as well. She says that she has so much in common with those she works with, and that’s why it’s so easy to call them friends. She thoroughly enjoys seeing the amazing things her friends accomplish every day.

When asked what makes being a DSP a good fit for someone, Tyesha said that this work must be in your heart, and you need to have patience. Everyone who comes to Indian Creek Foundation for services is an individual first, and we need to always see each person for who they are. As a DSP, it’s important to show everyone how much you value and care about them, because they love you like family.

Tyesha said about the individuals she supports, “I love them. I truly, sincerely love what I do. I truly, sincerely love working here. That’s why I’ve been here for so long.”

Indian Creek Foundation is Hiring Direct Support Professionals

If you have patience, a big heart, and love making new friends, consider a career with Indian Creek Foundation as a Direct Support Professionals. Our DSPs are highly valued members of our team who enjoy competitive pay, excellent benefits, a positive work culture, and career growth opportunities.

We are hiring DSPs for our Day Program and Residential Program, with many shifts and flexible schedules available. Visit our Careers page to view all of our current openings.