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Direct Support Professional- Part Time & Per Diem

Organization Overview: Sheltering Arms strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community’s greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Joining our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for our neighbors in need. Every role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.


Job Summary: Provides hands on care, assistance, training and support to each individual who resides in the home.


Essential Functions

  • Help residents with physical care, toileting, showers, teeth, grooming, dressing and stress good hygiene
  • Learn the residents’ way of functioning and know when the resident needs help
  • Help to teach residents skills needed for daily living and socialization according to their abilities
  • Help and assist residents in keeping their rooms, clothing and possessions in good condition
  • Help residents with eating and drinking skills and table manners
  • Participate in toilet training of residents
  • Administer medication
  • Work under the direction of Therapists, Nurses and Social Worker to learn helping and coping skills
  • Record daily log, activity sheets, trip evaluations and attendance sheets
  • Take residents to community stores, places of worship, recreation, health facilities, etc., being careful to ensure their safety while helping them to learn how to manage community facilities.
  • Participate as a member of a Team in the development, implementation and evaluation of each individual’s plan of care.
  • Carry out fire drills, evacuations and emergency procedures.  Attend staff meetings and in-service training sessions 
  • Assist individuals to navigate going into the van/bus for appointments and community outings
  • If applicable DSP must secure individuals in wheelchairs as needed for safe transport
  • DSP will insure that the individual safely enters his/her residence
  • Other related tasks that may be assigned


  • High school diploma or GED required
  • Previous experience in Human Services and/or Developmental Disabilities preferred.
  • Ability to relate and work with adults with Developmental Disabilities. 
  • Training in AMAP, First Aid, CPR and SCIP-R upon hire preferred, however training provided to incumbents.
  • Valid New York State Drivers License Required.


It is the policy of Sheltering Arms that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.


Physical Requirements: Must have the ability to complete all direct care worker and standard administrative and support tasks including but not limited to hands-on care with consumers, climbing up and down stairs, and the ability to lift and move consumers (if necessary) up to 200 lbs, ability to lift boxes, furniture, and equipment up to 30 lbs.


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