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Direct Support Professional Fund

Join us in supporting the Direct Support Professional (DSP) Fund

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are individuals who are a vital component in someone with a disability’s life.  Direct Support Professionals are people who perform many tasks such as teaching, counseling, nursing, assisting with meal preparation, exercising, driving individuals around, connecting individuals to the community, and companionship.  These are not entry-level tasks.  The responsibilities of a Direct Support Professional are substantial, and the job is increasingly complex.  The position requires good communication skills, ability to analyze a problem and determine corrective measures on the fly, excellent organizational skills, and ability to teach. All of this delivered compassionately and respectfully.

We are not able to pay staff the value they deserve. Most of the staff members who work in these critical roles need to work several jobs to provide for their families. Let's help them out by providing them with some funds in recognition of the work they do.

At The Arc of Rensselaer County, we are starting a new initiative called the Direct Support Professional Fund. Any fundraised dollars from now thru December 15th will be given to the Direct Support Professionals, in the form of a lump sum payment.  We will not take any dollars out for administrative costs.  The more we raise, the more impact we can have on the Direct Support Professional’s life.  We ask you to join us and donate to the Direct Support Professional Fund. Donate online at www.renarc.org, or send donations to the DSP Fund at The Arc of Rensselaer County c/o DSP Fund 79 102nd St Troy NY 12180, or call us at 518-274-3110 x3028.

We thank you in advance for your help.

Testimonials and Success Stories

I do this work because of my belief everyone deserves our kindness and respect. The spirit of the individuals we work with reminds me to be blessed by what you have. The compassion of our workforce gives me an appreciation of the good qualities that exist in people. The collective energy gives me the drive to fight for better outcomes for our family. I invite you to join our efforts with us; we have many opportunities for you to make a difference for many individuals; including yourself.

- Don Mullin, CEO The Arc of Rensselaer County

Our Mission


The mission of The Arc of Rensselaer County is to advocate for the rights and safety of individuals of all ages who have an intellectual disability and/or a developmental disability or delay.


The Arc is a source of support, specialized knowledge, and available resources in assisting individuals and their families to meet their needs and goals.


The Arc works to influence societal attitudes and governmental policy so that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have access to the services, assistance, and opportunities they need for personal growth and development, and participation in the community.

The Arc of Rensselaer County
79 102nd Street, Troy, NY 12180-1125
(518) 274-3110

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