a Direct Support Professional at CCS

My name is Emily Posner and I am a Direct Support Professional (DSP) at CCS.  Would you believe me if I said my first day at CCS was the first day Vermont went into lockdown due to Covid 19 in 2020? Believe it; and I have not thought twice about it since the day I said, “Yes.” 

Was it easy learning the ropes online and over Zoom? Not particularly, as I am a hands-on learner. But my team welcomed me and made me feel like, “Okay, we’re in this together.” Because we were! There was no right or wrong way to go about this – it was a learning curve for everyone. That’s when I knew if I can work through this, I could work through anything. 

CCS paid me right off the bat and made sure there was something for me to learn until it was time for me to be on my own. Not only do I get to help and encourage some amazing human beings, I get to learn something new every single day, and that makes me excited for the future.

Recently I ran into an old buddy of mine from grade school who happens to be a long-time graduate from the Bridging program here at CCS. He’d returned to CCS that day to speak to the current students of the program. Boy did that day bring me full circle. This gentleman inspired me to grow and respect everyone around me at just the age of eight, and he became a great friend. Seeing him that day reassured me and made me realize I was in the right place in my life.

For me, the special thing about being a part of CCS is waking up knowing I am going to make a difference.