A project that started more than 25 years ago gained some well deserved recognition on Wednesday morning.
In September of 1984, the first three group homes in Maryville were founded. Today there are 11 group homes each with day-to-day caregivers for the many residents.
Caregivers for people with severe developmental disabilities wear many hats: housekeeper, cook, chauffeur, friend, advocate and can even mean the difference between life and death.
They go above and beyond the call of duty and no day is typical.
But in Missouri, and especially in Maryville, direct care workers are finally getting some recognition. In response to a request from a new organization, Director Support Professionals of Missouri, which local group home workers played a key role in founding, Gov. Jay Nixon has declared Sept. 12-19 to be Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week.
Nodaway County Presiding Commissioner Joe Baumli read the official proclamation in front of a small crowd of those with disabilities and their caregivers deeming the week effective in Maryville...
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