NEWS ANCHOR BENITA ZAHN TO ADDRESS ATTENDEES OF THE AIM SERVICES VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE/JOB FAIR
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY. AIM Services, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Saratoga Springs, NY providing residential and community-based services to people with disabilities, including those with traumatic brain injuries, will hold its first ever Virtual Job Fair/Employment Open House on Friday and Saturday, February 5 at 1:00 p.m. and February 6 at 10:00 a.m. to recruit new Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) for its workforce of over 500 people in eastern New York. The purpose of the virtual open house is to give potential applicants a thorough understanding of the DSP position and how AIM Services functions as an organization and employer.
A Direct Support Professional (DSP) is part of a team providing care, companionship and transportation for people with disabilities. A DSP assists each person in reaching their maximum level of independence by promoting a sense of self-worth, personal growth and personal choice.
“We’re looking for folks who have compassion, a strong desire to help people and who want to be a part of a community that is dedicated to the greater good,” said AIM Services Executive Director Chris Lyons. “Our current team has veterans, retired teachers, one-on-one aides, nursing assistants as well as people with no prior experience but just a desire to serve.”
New York Emmy winning NewsChannel 13 news anchor Benita Zahn, who also produces and hosts Health Beat, will make a special presentation to the attendees offering her appreciation for the contribution of DSPs to the community.
“We’re honored to have Dr. Zahn be a part of this virtual event,” said Lyons. “As a journalist and expert in health, wellness and the latest care trends, her appreciation for the importance of the work of DSPs and AIM Services is energizing and gives us a great sense of pride.”
Included in the Open House will be information about AIM Services and its mission and scope of services, a detailed description of the positions AIM is looking to fill, requirements for applicants and all compensation details for the positions. In addition, attendees will hear from current DSPs, former DSPs who have been promoted within the organization, and AIM’s executive leadership.
“The virtual open house is a way for potential folks to ‘meet’ people in the AIM family and hear the passion we have for what we do,” said AIM Services Associate Executive Director Josh Phelps. “Becoming a DSP is a rewarding job and we at AIM respect and support the people who work here. I started as a DSP and it is important for me to share my story with people who feel that they want to be a part of this vital organization.”
“I manage three programs, two apartments, and a residential home. The reward I get is the relationships that I’ve built with the individuals I support,” said 15-year veteran DSP Charity Bosford. “I have learned so many things from them, and everyone always thinks that we’re here to teach them things, Yes, we do teach them and help them be more independent, but the rewards we get are so much greater. Just their constant love and caring of everyone they come in contact with, and just watching them thrive is one of the greatest things I think I’ve ever done in my life.”
Available positions are full-time, part-time, per-diem, and overnight. To register for the Virtual Open House, go to https://www.aimservicesinc.org/events/virtual-open-house-job-fair/. To learn more about joining AIM: https://www.aimservicesinc.org/get-involved/employment/
About AIM Services, Inc.: One-third of all families in the United States are impacted by disability. Formed in 1979, AIM Services, Inc. is a 501c (3) non-profit organization providing residential and community-based services to people with physical and intellectual disabilities, including those with traumatic brain injuries and those who are looking for nursing home transition or diversion. Through community-based services, advocacy, and education, dedicated professionals focus on supporting people in achieving their personal goals, while promoting a sense of self-confidence and independence. AIM Services, Inc. is dedicated to supporting the “power of potential” in people of diverse abilities. Visit our website at www.AIMServicesinc.org.
About Benita Zahn, DPS. Zahn co-anchors NewsChannel 13 Live at 4 with Jerry Gretzinger and Live at 6 with Mark Mulholland. She is also the health reporter, covering issues including wellness, treatment breakthroughs, aging, nutrition and the latest health care trends. Zahn also produces and hosts Health Beat, a digital health interview program that posts every Monday and Thursday on wnyt.com. Zahn has received numerous awards between 2014 and 2019 including the New York Emmy Award. She is an avid runner and triathlete and is also active in local theater. Zahn earned her Doctorate in Professional Studies/Bioethics in 2014 from Albany Medical College/Alden March Bioethics Institute where she also earned a Masters in Bioethics.