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Mainstream Living Inc Direct Support Professional in Des Moines, Iowa

Are you looking for a way to share your compassionate spirit and drive to empower others?

Mainstream Living may have a place for you.

“I've worked for Mainstream over 8 years in several different capacities.

I believe in our organization so much that after working here,

I talked my parents into moving my sister, who has disabilities, into one of our homes.

I love the passion that employees have for making our members' lives better.”


Our mission is to enhance opportunities, create success, and fulfill dreams for our members. This position provides support in home-based and community settings to our members who have intellectual disabilities and brain injuries.

Each individual we support has unique goals and needs, and that makes every day at Mainstream exciting and different; but below are typical job duties you can expect as a DSP:

  • Support members with daily living skills and independence

  • Passing medications (internal training provided)

  • Community socialization and fun outings

  • Support with food prep and meal times

  • Documentation of activity and goal progress

This position is considered an essential health care worker position and in the event of an emergency may be required to work one-on-one with members to ensure their safety.

Shift structure: 1st shift (7am-3pm); 2nd shift (2pm-10pm); 3rd shift (10pm-6am).

Actual hours available may vary. Once we know your availability, we will work to find suitable hours.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • High school diploma preferred, but not required

  • Human service experience preferred, but not required

  • Driver’s license required (exception may be made for select shifts)

  • Basic data entry skills required

Our mission, vision, and values drive us to give our best every day. The talented individuals we welcome to our team are respectful and communicative; professional and flexible. They’re able to carry out instructions, take responsibility for their work, and find creative ways for members to reach goals and enjoy life. They always keep the best interest of our members a top priority, and they work to develop positive relationships and trust with the individuals they support. If you possess a strong work ethic, good values, and common sense, we can teach how to do the job!

Benefits for eligible employees include:

  • Health, vision, and dental insurance

  • 403(b) retirement plan with match

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Paid time off including vacation and holidays

  • Regular wage increase evaluation

Physical Demands:

  • Lifting 15-25 pounds on a frequent basis (typical of the type of lifting required for housekeeping/deep cleaning or grocery shopping)

  • Lifting demands may be greater in some worksites due to member needs. Potential assistance with ambulation, lifting, and transferring of members requiring lifting up to 50 pounds and (rarely) up to 100 pounds

Reasonable accommodations may be made upon request to enable employees with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.

Mainstream Living is an equal opportunity employer.

Share your talent to make a difference in their life and yours and grow with an organization that cares!

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