Duties and Responsibilities

  • Full- and part-time openings with flexible hours
  • Morning, afternoon, evening, overnight, and 24-hour shifts
  • Live-in options
  • Weekday and weekend schedules

Shifts and Schedules

HAVAR’s mission is to connect people – with and without disabilities – in supportive and inclusive communities. In serving individuals with developmental delays in the Athens community, they provide many services, including in-home support, service coordination, day services through the Building Bridges Adult Center, Autism resources, futures planning, children services, and supported community employment. For more information on these services, you can visit HAVAR’s website

If you are looking for direct support professional (DSP) work, here's your opportunity to make a difference! In acting as the exclusive staffing service provider for HAVAR, Career Connections receives all applications for HAVAR openings and thoroughly screens all applicants before sending applicant information over to HAVAR representatives to review and decide if they would like to interview the applicant. CC mostly fills direct support professional (DSP) positions for HAVAR, and all placements with HAVAR are direct-hire, so should HAVAR decide to hire you, you will be on their payroll from Day 1. 

  • Comprehensive benefits (for full-time positions after a 90-day probationary period)
  • $100 sign-on bonus
  • $25 reward for referring new applicants for HAVAR positions
  • $8.90 – $12.88 per hour (higher rates apply to overnight, live-in, and 24-hour shift)
  • Paid training

About HAVAR

Position Benefits

  • Be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Have a valid driver’s license, driver’s insurance, and a clean driving record
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Have a friendly attitude

HAVAR, Inc., is a local healthcare organization that does the essential work of serving individuals with developmental delays in Athens County, and Career Connections is proud to be HAVAR’s exclusive staffing service provider. We are always looking for hard-working and compassionate individuals looking to join their team. Review the job descriptions for their direct support professional or their substitute direct support professional openings.   

HAVAR Employee Testimonial

Assisting developmentally disabled clients with:

  • Personal Care
  • Household Chores
  • Meal Prep
  • Transportation
  • Help make community connections
  • Teach new skills

CC and HAVAR

​Sue Moschell:​

What has been your most rewarding experience working as a direct support professional?
I enjoy working with people, helping them figure out how and when to do things, and helping them through their day.


What’s your favorite part about your job? Working at Building Bridges with 5-8 to consumers at a time, and figuring out ways of incorporating activities that every likes to do and getting them all to do them together. 


What advice would you give to someone considering DSP work/someone who has just accepted a position with Havar?
That they be a kind, caring, compassionate person.


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When you work for HAVAR, your rewards go far beyond a steady paycheck and comprehensive benefits – you go home every day with the knowledge that you helped make someone's life better. Here's what two current HAVAR employees have to say about their experiences working as a direct support professional:

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About Residential Aide Positions

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Matt Burne:

What has been your most rewarding experience working as a direct support professional?
Feeling a sense of giving, and feeling an emotional connection with people I may not have ordinarily met in my lifetime. I enjoy lifting people’s spirits and feel great about what I am doing to help others.

What’s your favorite part about your job? When clients say “Thank you, you’re my buddy” and let me know they appreciate me.

What advice would you give to someone considering DSP work/someone who has just accepted a position with Havar?
Sometimes it feels mundane, but don’t forget why you’re doing what you’re doing. Sometimes it’s the little things that matter the most, so don’t forget to appreciate even the smallest things.