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Willows Way Increases Starting Pay for Direct Support Professionals to $11.50 Per Hour

(St. Charles, MO, June 26, 2018) The Willows Way Board of Directors voted during its May monthly meeting to approve an increase in the organization's starting hourly wage.

Effective June 28, the starting wage for a Direct Support Professional (DSP) in the organization's residential support and RISE day programs will increase from $10.25/hour to $11.50/hour.

Founded in 1990, Willows Way provides a variety of social-service programs to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, which include 24-hour support, independent living support, skills development/community integration, educational classes and a day program. Willows Way currently has over 180 employees serving 200 clients in programs and 1,360 participants in its classes.

"To ensure that our organization is able to attract and retain the most dedicated employees in the region to serve our clients, it's important that we offer an attractive employee benefits package, competitive wages and ongoing, professional training," said Willows Way Executive Director Joy Steele. "Often promoting from within our organization, Willows Way provides excellent employment opportunities to those who share our values and want to make a difference in the lives of adults with developmental disabilities."

Visit to view Willows Way's current job openings and submit an application.

About Willows Way

Willows Way promotes independence and personal growth for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) through a variety of social-service programs. These include: Realities, which provides up to eight hours of individualized services per week; Individualized Supported Living, which provides up to 24-hour-a-day support to allow individuals to live independently based on their needs and goals; Reaching Independence Through Social Engagement (RISE), which offers participants daily structured activities designed to promote social networking, community involvement, volunteerism and physical activities; Individualized Skills Development/Community Integration, which offers services to build independent living skills while developing friendships and community connections; and Project HEART, which provides stimulating, person-centered health education classes, skills training and resource information. For more information about Willows Way, visit or call 636-947-6591.