The Arc Celebrates DSP Week and is Hiring

September 30th, 2021

The Arc of Essex County is actively hiring DSP staff, managers, and more. Incentives include sign-on bonuses of up to $750, flexible hours, and great compensation and benefits. To apply, go to and join this fantastic team!

In recognition of Direct Support Professionals Week (September 12 to 18), The Arc of Essex County spotlighted five of its incredible staff members and their experiences working for The Arc:

Shaniqua Johnson has been with The Arc’s day programs for three years, and just keeps rising. “Who would have thought I’d start at the bottom and move up so fast? To be appreciated and recognized, it’s a good feeling. I know they see my worth.” Click here to read more about Shaniqua.

Blondell Cameron says her love for her job at The Arc was only reinforced during the pandemic. She was moved to a new position so that she wouldn’t have to be laid off, and felt supported with protective equipment and efforts to keep staff and consumers safe. “They really showed that they care,” she says. “It’s so true that you want to come to work where you enjoy what you’re doing, where you respect people and they respect you. And that is what we have here.” Click here to read more about Blondell.

Wallace Daniels has been helping the residents of The Arc’s Belleville group home for more than 20 years, and says the key is to have patience and be nice. “People here are family,” he says. “We all have to try and look out for one another, and we do that.” Click here to read more about Wallace.

Kawana Johnson is a single mother of two who was able to adjust her hours to accommodate the elementary school schedule. “Being at The Arc has given me flexibility, so I can pick them up, help with homework, and be there for them. It’s been a blessing.” Click here to read more about Kawana.

For the 22 years that Dee Moon has been working for The Arc of Essex County, one thing has never changed: the unconditional love for and from the individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities she serves. “You never know what to expect in a day, but you do know that when you come in you will always get to know their true selves, and they will appreciate you more than anything,” she says.  “I love being part of their lives.” Click here to read more about Dee.