Good place if you like to work on your own with minimal supervision
Direct Support Professional (Current Employee) – Albany, OR – July 20, 2016
Rise posts ads on craigslist for Direct Support Professionals (DSP), but their ads are fairly vague. I was desperate and so I took a chance anyway. You can also apply via their website, but again the job description will be lacking on all fronts.
After I was hired, I found that I was going to be working with individuals who have developmental disabilities. This was totally out of left field and I wasn't sure it was going to be a good fit for me. But after I started I realized that I could be responsible for making a great impact on someone's life. That's what you'll be doing here, with Rise.
Let's be honest, you're basically a subcontractor for DHS (state), which is where all the money comes from in the first place. You meet with your supervisor once a month to sort out your upcoming schedule and catch up, but most of the time you're out with your client helping them to become more engaged in the community. Sometimes you might have to help them in the bathroom or deal with a mess you never saw coming.
Overall, it's not a bad job. However, it's a field with a high turnover rate because you either like it or you don't. Being a DSP isn't for everyone as it will test you on every level of your personality. Yeah, that's a vague statement, but it's true and if you work for Rise you'll come to experience things you never imagined, some good and others not so good.
Autonomy, you get paid to hangout with someone
Not a long-term career field