Community Residences, Inc.
Betsy Leeman, Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations
1. What is your mission and vision?
The mission of Community Residences, Inc. (CR) is to offer individuals with a wide range of disabilities the physical, mental, and emotional services needed to facilitate independent and dignified living in the community of their choice. CR’s vision is to be a recognized leader incorporating innovative solutions and best practices while providing person-centered fully integrated support for people with a wide range of disabilities and mental health needs.
Working to fulfill CR in fulfilling our mission and vision provides programs that meet the individuals served “where they are,” not where CR or others think they should be.
2. How does your organization achieve its mission?
CR is recognized as a passionate, innovative, growing, ethical and well-managed organization providing an array of programs, services and housing for individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health needs.
CR’s service delivery ensures individuals have choice, autonomy, and independence in making their life choices, including where they live and who provides their supports. Services provided are implemented to reflect a core belief that every individual deserves an opportunity to live, work and play in the community of their choice and in a way that reflects their vision for their life. CR takes a holistic approach to the design and implementation of supports, taking into consideration the physical, social, emotional, vocational and cognitive needs of each individual. CR works in partnership with the individual, their families and other members of their circle of support to help each individual develop skills that foster increased independence and autonomy.
To achieve CR’s mission, CR’s programs and services are provided by multi-cultural professionals, well educated, trained and fully committed to the individuals served and fulfilling program goals and objectives. CR’s mission driven programs are offered in both residential and community settings. Residential settings range from group homes, supervised shared homes, supervised apartment homes, transitional housing for homeless individuals, shared apartment for young adults who are homeless or aging out of foster care. Community based services include In-Home Supports, Therapeutic Art and Therapeutic Consultation, Crisis Stabilization, Mental Health Skill Building, Skilled Nursing, Case Management, Community Engagement, Community Coaching, Group Day Program and Northern Virginia’s first Fully Integrated Community Day Program.
3. How have your programs directly impacted the regional community?
CR directly impacts the regional community in many ways. As a service provider, CR provides services to more than 1,000 individuals annually. On average, of the individuals receiving our services 40% have developmental disabilities or mental health needs, or a combination of the two and 60% of the those receiving services have mental health diagnosis. Not only does CR support individuals, they CR also helps to bring peace of mind and joy to their families and friends.
To provide this multitude of services, CR employs more than 600 people from Northern Virginia, District of Columbia, and Maryland. Last year, CR put more than $35 million dollars back into our regional economy, through employee compensation and benefits, community property taxes, hiring of local businesses throughout the region, and supporting the local communities where CR’s residences and service are located.
CR also provides civic and volunteer opportunities for local business, schools, and religious organizations, individuals and groups such as Volunteer Fairfax, George Mason Univerity Students and Alumni, local Civitan Clubs, Lion’s Clubs, and many others. Last year, volunteers offered more than 1,700 hours of service, valued at $43,773. CR is very thankful for the generous support from local philanthropists throughout the region, many personally touched by a family or friend with disabilities.
4. What inspires or drives your team to stay committed to your mission?
Commitment is inherent to CR’s mission. It is core to our agency and is expressed plainly in CR’s clinical philosophy. This philosophy defines our service model, built on a strong foundation of personal and cultural belief that every individual has a right to live their fullest and individualized life they desire. Staff and team commitment is critical for mission success. Inherent in our commitment is the relationships between CR’s staff and the individual’s receiving services. Every day, CR’s staff realize their commitment and put it into action delivering supports and services to approximately 1,000 individuals each day!
5. What advice would you give to other nonprofits trying to make an impact in their community?
Nonprofits are often mission driven and their work inspires passion in service delivery. It is very important for today’s nonprofits not to let it’s passion for individuals being served or the services provided cloud the importance of sound and responsible fiscal policies and a strong governance structure. When passion is combined with strong business sense, nonprofits are truly are able to create change for the common good, shape, solicit and influence public policy. CR fully understands and this concept and successfully creates change and offers innovative solutions for the greater good of individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health needs and the entire metropolitan DC community today as we have for the last forty three years!