COVID-19: Appeal for our Direct Support Professionals
Hello Friends and Family of the Kent Center,
As an organization we continue to prioritize the health and well-being of every person we support and employ. Over the last fifty years, Kent Center has faced many challenges and we look forward to coming out of this crisis stronger than before. We are very aware of the impact that the COVID19 pandemic has had on our small community, and we are grateful for all the support we continue to receive.
Our delivery method of services has shifted but please know that our commitment to our mission remains unchanged. Communities across the country are rallying together to ensure our way of life is not lost in this sea of uncertainty. In that spirit we are asking for your help. As an organization we are facing increased costs and limited funding. The mounting cost of purchasing scarce protective equipment, cleaning services and supplies, as well as the future expense to help care for our employees and the people we support are staggering.
The Direct Support Professional’s employed by Kent Center have continued to exemplify our core values showing such caring spirits at an unparalleled time in our history. They have been the boots on the ground spreading calm and creativity, finding moments for joy and celebration, and ensuring each person supported continues to receive individualized care. They are relying on us to ensure their jobs are secure and they have the tools they need to do them.
Your gift to the Kent Center will directly impact the livelihood and morale of these irreplaceable employees. These are difficult times for everyone, and certainly you are no exception. However, we want to offer you the opportunity to change peoples' lives. Our intention is to provide one, or multiple bonuses for all DSPs. In order to do so we need your help. Every dollar that comes in from you on this special ask will go immediately back out to the people who have impacted your loved ones the most. Now is the time to change someone’s life, lets work together to make sure it is the special people that work for Kent Center and that support those you care about most.
Please consider giving a gift online through by using the 'Donate Now' button below. Donations to support our employees can also be mailed to our administrative offices.
Thank you for your continued support,
“Kent Center provided the socialization my son needed, to know people with and without disabilities. The staff is a very special group of people, who I know I can rely on who care for my son when I can’t be there.”
– parent of program participant