Howard County Innovation Grant: Reimagining DSPs with Humanim

Humanim was honored to be a part of Howard County Innovation Week yesterday! Howard County Executive Calvin Ball presented our organization with an innovation grant for “Reimagining Direct Support Professionals with Humanim” – to develop a new comprehensive model of business ownership for the Direct Support Professional workforce. Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are the front line staff working directly with adults diagnosed with a Developmental Disability. One of the most important positions in Human Services, a DSP supports individuals with increasing the quality of life, and ensuring growth and independence.

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Attendees heard remarks of appreciation and excitement from Humanim leadership, as well as our Board of Directors Chair, David Eberhardt, and Personal Supports Manager, Curtis Francis, who shared: “I see a future bright with colors and I’m hopeful for the DSP. Hopeful that this new initiative paints a brighter future by offering financial change and bringing about a stronger, more skilled DSP – one better equipped to meet the demands and challenges of a growing population.”

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Thank you to Calvin Ball and his team for supporting innovative ideas to empower our community and our commitment to #humanimpact.