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Join The Zoom Drawing To Support Direct Support Professionals!


In a world where inclusivity and support for individuals with disabilities are becoming increasingly important, it is crucial to recognize the vital role played by Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). These unsung heroes provide essential care and assistance to people with disabilities, enabling them to lead fulfilling lives. On August 26th, 2023, Unique Care is hosting an online Zoom raffle. This fundraiser was created to support the Cost-Of-Living-Adjustment (COLA) initiative and raise awareness about the urgent need for fair compensation for DSPs. The Importance of Direct Support Professionals Direct Support Professionals are dedicated individuals who work tirelessly to empower individuals with disabilities. They offer personalized care, assistance with daily activities, and emotional support, ensuring that their clients have the opportunity to live independently and actively participate in society. The work of DSPs goes beyond simply assisting with physical tasks; they foster inclusivity, independence, and a sense of belonging for people with disabilities. By establishing trusting relationships and promoting self-determination, DSPs help individuals overcome barriers, develop essential life skills, and enhance their overall quality of life. The Struggle for a Living Wage In New York City Despite the immense value they bring to society, DSPs often face significant challenges, particularly when it comes to receiving fair compensation for their vital work. Many DSPs are underpaid, making it difficult for them to sustain a decent standard of living. This issue is not only detrimental to their well-being but also poses a threat to the quality of care they can provide to individuals with disabilities. DSPs often go above and beyond their job descriptions, investing emotionally and dedicating extra time to ensure their clients receive the best possible support. However, the lack of adequate wages can lead to turnover and burnout, making it challenging to retain experienced and passionate professionals in the field. This turnover negatively impacts the consistency and quality of care provided to individuals with disabilities, hindering their progress and overall well-being. Supporting COLA and DSPs To address this critical issue, the Cost-Of-Living-Adjustment (COLA) initiative aims to secure fair wages for Direct Support Professionals. By advocating for a living wage, COLA seeks to acknowledge the importance of DSPs and the indispensable role they play in the lives of people with disabilities. The online Zoom raffle fundraiser on August 26th, 2023, serves as a platform to generate awareness and raise funds in support of COLA. It is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to come together, acknowledge the essential work of DSPs, and contribute to improving their working conditions. The raffle event promises an enjoyable and interactive experience, with exciting prizes and the chance to make a real difference in the lives of DSPs and the people they support. All proceeds will be directed towards supporting COLA's efforts to advocate for fair wages, ensuring that DSPs can continue their valuable work without financial strain. Raffle Instructions A Ticket is only $20.00 for 4 chances to Win. Participants with the most tickets have an increased chance of winning. To purchase a ticket, please send your $20 (or more) via Zelle to AClark@UniqueCareNYC.Org. Once your ticket has been purchased, a link for the August 26th drawing will be provided to you via email. To learn more about the COLA initiative, please visit https://www.osc.state.ny.us/retirement/retirees/cost-living-adjustment

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