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Direct Support Professional Fund

Join us in supporting the Direct Support Professional (DSP) Fund

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are individuals who are a vital component in someone with a disability’s life.  Direct Support Professionals are people who perform many tasks such as teaching, counseling, nursing, assisting with meal preparation, exercising, driving individuals around, connecting individuals to the community, and companionship.  These are not entry-level tasks.  The responsibilities of a Direct Support Professional are substantial, and the job is increasingly complex.  The position requires good communication skills, ability to analyze a problem and determine corrective measures on the fly, excellent organizational skills, and ability to teach. All of this delivered compassionately and respectfully.

We are not able to pay staff the value they deserve. Most of the staff members who work in these critical roles need to work several jobs to provide for their families. Let's help them out by providing them with some funds in recognition of the work they do.

At The Arc of Rensselaer County, we are starting a new initiative called the Direct Support Professional Fund. Any fundraised dollars from now thru December 15th will be given to the Direct Support Professionals, in the form of a lump sum payment.  We will not take any dollars out for administrative costs.  The more we raise, the more impact we can have on the Direct Support Professional’s life.  We ask you to join us and donate to the Direct Support Professional Fund. Donate online at www.renarc.org, or send donations to the DSP Fund at The Arc of Rensselaer County c/o DSP Fund 79 102nd St Troy NY 12180, or call us at 518-274-3110 x3028.

We thank you in advance for your help.

Testimonials and Success Stories

Honestly, I have been working in this field for at least 20 years. I love working in this field because I enjoy helping others. Especially for our guys that cannot advocate or do for themselves.  Sometimes it is overwhelming but that's why it's good to go on vacation:) I look at this field like parenting...you know the things that you would want/don't want for your child. To sum it up if you have the Heart & stomach for this field then you will last a very long time:)

- Carol Rengifo

Program Manager

Residential Services

Our Mission


The mission of The Arc of Rensselaer County is to advocate for the rights and safety of individuals of all ages who have an intellectual disability and/or a developmental disability or delay.


The Arc is a source of support, specialized knowledge, and available resources in assisting individuals and their families to meet their needs and goals.


The Arc works to influence societal attitudes and governmental policy so that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have access to the services, assistance, and opportunities they need for personal growth and development, and participation in the community.

The Arc of Rensselaer County
79 102nd Street, Troy, NY 12180-1125
(518) 274-3110

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