The workers don't get handouts while working there. I think what the original poster was talking about as far as respect was the agency itself doesn't respect the workers. The workers don't ask for handouts there.....just to be respected as workers who do their job.
DAEOC is not a respected agency. Alot of good workers leave because of the center director and nobody at central office appears to care. The word gets out in the community how the staff has been treated and it makes DAEOC look bad for not helping their employees.
If the last sentence doesn't say,'' It makes DAEOC look bad for not helping their employees,'' then I will eat my hat.