Press Release

Familylinks Marks National Direct Support Professional Week

Direct care workers recognized for extraordinary service during COVID-19

Familylinks announced today that the agency is celebrating Direct Support Professional Week, September 13-19, by honoring the dedicated members of our direct care staff for their exceptional service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their daily commitment to our many consumers stands as an example of the sense of duty they share with first responders, health professionals, and other essential workers in the service sector of our community.

Stacey Vaccaro, president and CEO of Familylinks, commented, “We are so proud of the direct care team at Familylinks. Each and every day, they continued to provide 24/7 essential support for those in our care including at-risk youth in our residential facilities, individuals of all ages with disabilities, and women seeking to regain control of their lives following substance use.”

Rebecca Haberstroh, Interim Chief Operating Officer, noted, “We consider every member of our direct care team to be an MVP in 2020. They have maintained continuity of care and stability for individuals who have often experienced trauma, homelessness or depression. We honor their service this special week, but also recognize their commitment every day.”

Familylinks is a nonprofit organization committed to building healthy communities by strengthening individuals and families through the provision of comprehensive, quality services. By believing in the worth of those served, Familylinks assures that all children, families and seniors in western Pennsylvania have the tools they need to be healthy, happy and strong for life. Last year alone, the agency served nearly 9,000 people. These individuals range from children to seniors, in a variety of neighborhoods, income groups and beliefs. They all have one thing in common - when they turn to Familylinks in their time of need, we are here for them. To learn more, please call 866-583-6003 or visit


Lauren Galletta
Director of Development & Outreach
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