The Moore Center recently received a $15,000 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation to provide for opportunities for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) for continuing education to expand upon knowledge gained through the College of Direct Support Program. The Moore Center serves people with intellectual, developmental and personal challenges by creating opportunities for a good life.
“The challenge we are encountering as an agency is providing resources that allow our DSPs opportunities for continuing education. These staff members are critical in carrying out our mission as they provide support for a variety of clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders, spanning the lifespan from infancy to old age,” said Paul S. Boynton, President/CEO, The Moore Center. “Because the needs of the clients are so varied, and the best practices in the field change, the need for continuing training for our staff is imperative to the well-being of the people we support.”
Boynton went on to say that New Hampshire is facing a critical workforce shortage in the area of DSPs as the population of the state is aging faster than the national average. He said there is a strong focus on community and home-based supports as well as an increasing demand on state funds, thus the support provided by the TD Charitable Foundation could not have come at a better time. “We are so grateful to the TD Charitable Foundation for helping enable us to provide best-practice training to direct care workers to meet the projected need.”
The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank N.A., which operates as TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, and is one of the 15 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation’s mission is to serve the individuals, families and businesses in all the communities where TD Bank operates, having made over $56 million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002. The efforts of the Foundation are coordinated locally through TD Bank’s community relations departments and are focused on the areas of affordable housing, education and financial literacy, and the environment. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation, including an online grant application, is available at www.tdbank.com.