How The Village Community came to be:
The Village Community is a 501(c)(3) organization formed by a small group of parents who were determined to create very high-quality, individualized programs for our adult children with intellectual disabilities.
We began meeting in late 2013, and with a lot of hard work and perseverance, we were able to begin a part-time program in the fall of 2014. Our full-time Day Program was operational and CARF-accredited by the end of 2015.
Parents who wish to embark on a similar venture should know that creating a program like this is entirely possible! Thanks to internet search engines, resources are available and accessible to all - - including how to incorporate, create a business model, access funding, achieve required accreditations, etc. Anyone can do this, as long as they are willing to commit lots of time and energy (and funds). Founding families of The Village Community have spent thousands of hours (and tens of thousands of dollars) to make this happen. We have become knowledgeable in areas of which we've had no prior experience. But it has been a rewarding and worthwhile effort!
TVC's business model is narrower than some of the larger service providers, and as a result, our program is somewhat unique. And when parents are fully invested - directing, operating, and budgeting the program - certain aspects of the program can be prioritized.
As TVC has developed and grown, one thing that has remained constant is our intention to allocate a majority of our budget to items that directly contribute to a high-quality, engaging experience for our members.
Examples of TVC's prioritized spending include:
Recruiting and retaining highly-qualified staff with wages and benefits significantly higher than other providers can offer.
Creating and maintaining safe, attractive, functional and inviting areas for members to learn new skills, interact with each other, and have fun.
Participating in a variety of engaging outings so members can explore their strengths and interests.
Arranging for high-quality recreational therapies and activities on site.
Essentially… Prioritizing and investing in member success rather than in overhead and administration.
This philosophy requires founding family investment, staff commitment, engagement of key families and community partners, and significant volunteer hours. But we all agree – it is worth the effort to have such an amazing, individualized program.
More about TVC:
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