Located at 214 Clifford Avenue, our Developmental Disabilities division is the agency’s largest and ensures that individuals and families have access to programs and resources that result in a high quality of life. They are taught a variety of life skills including how to plan and prepare meals, manage a household and finances, and comparison shop. 

The DD division also owns the thrift store Fashion Works next door at 200 Clifford Avenue that serves as a job training ground for individuals in our programs. Fashion Works provides training in all aspects of operations and management. Upon graduation, a liaison works with individuals to help them secure meaningful employment in the community. Our story was featured in the Democrat and Chronicle in December of 2016.

Programs:

Day Habilitation: Individuals attend a daily program to learn skills that will help them live on their own.

Individual Support Services: Individuals who live alone are taught how to cope with daily tasks and emergencies.

Family Support Services: Staff provides information about gluten/casein-free diets, transportation and how to access community activities. Also includes family reimbursement to help families improve their level of caring for a relative with a developmental disability.

Community Habilitation Program: Teens and adults receive services in their current living environment and in various community locations. They are taught how to plan and prepare meals, manage a household, finances and comparison shop, among other things.

Medicaid Service Coordination: Committed staff of coordinators successfully manage individual cases to ensure individuals and families are receiving a high level of care and being linked to important community resources.

Supportive IRAs: 24-hour staffing at residential homes provides individuals with general care, nursing services and other support in a nurturing environment.

Supported Employment: Individuals receive job training, mentoring and follow-up visits to ensure that they are adapting to their work environment.