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Exceptional People, Compassionate Care: A DSP’s Perspective on Working at Verland


Our Mission at Verland is simple yet profound: “We believe that every person deserves a safe, enriching, and stable environment in which to thrive with dignity and respect. Our mission is to provide individualized care and ongoing support for people in our community with complex physical and intellectual challenges.” This mission is at the heart of everything we do, guiding us as we strive to make a positive impact on the lives of those we serve.

At Verland, we’re not just a team; we’re a diverse family united by a shared commitment to enriching the lives of individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities. As a Direct Support Professional (DSP) at Verland, I’ve discovered more than just a job – I’ve found a purpose-driven career where I can make a meaningful difference every single day.

Working at Verland isn’t just about clocking in and out; it’s about being part of a community committed to providing state-of-the-art support to those who need it most. As a Direct Support Professional (DSP) at Verland, my daily work consists of enriching and supporting the lives of a handful of our residents while maintaining a safe and healthy environment for them. From assisting with daily activities such as personal care, meal preparation, and medication management, to fostering meaningful interactions and opportunities for growth, every aspect of our work is centered around the well-being and independence of our residents.

I am proud to be a part of the over 750+ individuals who currently work at Verland. With over 50% coming from traditionally underrepresented groups, this diverse workforce is a testament to our inclusive culture and reflects our belief in the value of embracing differences. Last year, our team grew by over 11%, showcasing Verland’s dedication to serving more individuals in need while simultaneously providing careers to those in the Greater Southwestern PA region.

Verland recognizes the invaluable contributions of all its employees and is dedicated to supporting their professional growth and well-being. Employment opportunities include a stable schedule, competitive salary, and excellent benefits packages including ongoing training and professional development practices to ensure that every team member has the knowledge and skills to succeed in their role.

Team members like me, who embody the mission, vision, and values of Verland are integral to its continued success. We take on the company’s objectives as our own and work towards making them a reality every day. Whether it’s creating a positive and productive work environment, contributing to the overall success of the organization, or inspiring and motivating their colleagues, Verland employees are united in their dedication to our mission.

With an average employee tenure of 7 years, Verland fosters a supportive and nurturing environment where employees can thrive and grow both personally and professionally.

As a DSP at Verland, I’ve experienced firsthand the impact of working alongside individuals who are passionate about making a difference. From collaborating on care plans to supporting each other through challenges, there’s a sense of unity and collaboration that permeates every aspect of our work.

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a DSP at Verland is witnessing firsthand the progress and achievements of our residents. Whether it’s helping someone learn a new skill, overcome a challenge, or simply experience moments of joy and fulfillment, these milestones serve as powerful reminders of the impact we have on their lives.

But perhaps what truly sets Verland apart is our shared sense of purpose. Together, we work towards our goals with passion and dedication, knowing that every effort we make contributes to the greater good.

Working at Verland isn’t just a job – it’s a calling. As a Direct Service Professional (DSP), I am privileged to be part of an organization that values diversity, fosters inclusivity, and empowers both its employees and the individuals we serve. Every day, I am inspired by the exceptional people I work alongside and the compassionate care we provide. And for me, that’s what makes Verland truly exceptional.

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