National Direct Support Professionals Week

Employees throughout the state were treated to tokens of appreciation and words of affirmation for their critical work integral to the long-term support and services system of the nation. Some sites also provided meals for staff or held raffles or drawings for gifts. Prize patrols delivered gifts through the region.

“These employees are truly the front-line when it comes to making dreams come true,” said Peggy Terhune, chief executive officer for Monarch. “These caring staff members literally become the hands and feet of supported individuals who need them for tasks as small as fixing one’s hair or getting to work. They support people living with disabilities to achieve their dreams in ways large and small.”

Monarch offers continuing education opportunities throughout the year for its direct support professionals, increasing retention and enhancing support skills.

To read the full Senate resolution in honor of this field, please go to 228, visit =

Monarch provides support and resources to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness, and substance abuse issues in 52 counties across North Carolina. Monarch is a nonprofit and is a charter member of the national organization known as The Arc. To learn more about how Monarch helps “dreams take flight” for people living in our communities, please call 1-800-230-7525 or go online at