At Central Oregon Collective in Bend, Oregon, Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are more than just employees—they are the heart and soul of our organization. Without their unwavering dedication and compassion, we couldn’t achieve our mission of positively impacting the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Today, we celebrate the exceptional qualities that make DSPs invaluable members of our community and invite you to join us in this rewarding and impactful profession.

The Role of a Direct Support Professional

Direct Support Professionals are essential in providing personalized care and support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their role involves:

  • Tailoring support to meet each individual’s unique needs and preferences.
  • Empowering individuals to make positive choices and foster personal growth.
  • Ensuring a respectful, compassionate, and supportive environment.

If you’re considering a career as a DSP, or simply wish to understand what makes this profession so special, read on to discover the qualities we value in our DSPs and the incredible impact they have on our community.

Passion: The Driving Force Behind Personalized Support

Passion is at the core of every effective DSP. At The Central Oregon Collective, we pride ourselves on tailoring our support to each individual’s unique needs and preferences. This requires DSPs to be resourceful, flexible, and innovative. Whether it’s finding new ways to communicate, creating customized care plans, or discovering activities that bring joy and fulfillment, passionate DSPs think outside the box to provide effective and meaningful support.

When a DSP approaches their role with passion, it transforms the experience for those they support. They bring energy, creativity, and enthusiasm to their work, making each day a new opportunity to improve lives and build strong, trusting relationships.

Mutual Respect: Building Trust and Connection

Mutual respect is fundamental in the relationship between DSPs and those they support. This respect involves recognizing each person’s dignity, rights, and individuality. It’s about listening actively, valuing opinions, and fostering a sense of empowerment and autonomy.

At The Central Oregon Collective, we believe that respect is a two-way street. Our DSPs not only show respect but also earn it through their actions and attitudes. This mutual respect helps build trust and strong connections, which are essential for effective support and personal growth.

Compassion: The Heart of Empowerment

Compassion is more than just a feeling; it’s an approach to care that prioritizes empathy and understanding. Working with individuals with complex needs requires a compassionate approach, as it helps create a supportive and nurturing environment.

Our DSPs at The Central Oregon Collective are trained to approach every interaction with compassion. This means taking the time to understand the unique challenges and strengths of each individual, providing support with kindness and patience, and celebrating every achievement, no matter how small. Compassionate DSPs empower our members to make positive choices, build confidence, and achieve personal growth.

Support: Providing a Foundation for Success

Support is the cornerstone of the DSP role. This support can take many forms, from assisting with daily living activities to providing emotional and social guidance. Effective support helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities live fulfilling, independent lives.

At The Central Oregon Collective, our DSPs provide unwavering support tailored to each person’s needs. This might involve helping someone learn new skills, encouraging participation in community activities, or simply being there to listen and offer comfort. By providing consistent, reliable support, DSPs help create a stable foundation for success and personal development.

Join Us in Making a Difference

If you possess these qualities and are passionate about making a difference in the lives of others, we invite you to apply for a DSP position at The Central Oregon Collective. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to work in a supportive and rewarding environment where your efforts make a tangible impact every day. Our DSPs are valued members of our team, and we are committed to providing them with the training, resources, and support they need to thrive.

Community and Volunteer Opportunities

In addition to hiring dedicated DSPs, The Central Oregon Collective offers numerous community and volunteer opportunities for those who wish to contribute to our mission. Volunteering is a fantastic way to give back to the community, gain valuable experience, and make meaningful connections.

Volunteers can get involved in various ways, such as:

  • Assisting with Events and Activities: Help organize and run events that bring joy and enrichment to our members’ lives.
  • Providing Companionship: Spend time with individuals, offering friendship and support.
  • Supporting Fundraising Efforts: Assist with fundraising initiatives that enable us to continue providing high-quality services and programs.
  • Offering Professional Skills: Share your expertise in areas like health care, education, or recreation to enhance our programs.

By volunteering with The Central Oregon Collective, you’ll become part of a compassionate community dedicated to making a positive impact.


Direct Support Professionals are the cornerstone of The Central Oregon Collective’s mission to improve the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their passion, mutual respect, compassion, and support create a nurturing and empowering environment that fosters personal growth and independence.

If you’re inspired by the qualities we value in our DSPs and are passionate about making a difference, we encourage you to apply for a DSP role or explore our community and volunteer opportunities. Together, we can continue to build a supportive and inclusive community in Bend, Oregon, where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

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