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Number of adults impacted per year
Sheltering Arms believes that every person should be given the opportunity to achieve his or her functional, social, and intellectual potential. We offer individualized programming in an atmosphere of acceptance, warmth, and security. Our programs for adults with developmental disabilities promote choice and the valued outcomes of independence, inclusion, integration, and productivity.
Our expert service is built on 40 years of experience, after first responding to the city’s dire need for progressive and humane care for adults with developmental disabilities in the mid 70s. In 1975 we opened our first Intermediate Care Facility (ICF), eventually expanding to operate six residential homes and two day habilitation programs. Today, we provide a rich quality of life for 65 individuals with developmental disabilities.
We have continually evolved our Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS) program to adapt to the growing needs of our population. These efforts include opening our first Individualized Residential Alternatives (IRA) in 1994 to move towards a greater focus on independence and community integration. We are in the process of transitioning our four ICFs to IRAs.
Our Day Habilitation program provides education, employment assistance, and independent living skills which allow residents to develop, and in some cases obtain employment. We continue to move away from traditional service models and incorporate waiver-based programs that promoted home- and community- based care. As the state takes steps towards deinstitutionalization, Sheltering Arms is taking an active role in ensuring the successful transition of institutional residents into community settings, As a member of the Advanced Care Alliance, we are part of a larger network on the forefront of shifting to the managed care environment, ensuring better preventive and individualized care, comprehensive services, and expansion of options and choice for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
of families were happy or extremely happy about our care for their relatives with disabilities.