Rewarding lives.
Healthy communities.


Welcome to an agency that is passionate about supporting the families and communities of the Hudson Valley.

We have been evolving services for people facing the challenges of disability and mental illness for over 50 years.

Today we offer a broad range of programs and touch thousands of lives every week. Yet we always work hard to focus on the needs and potentials of one person at a time.

Our many and varied services are all focused on one goal: helping people with challenges live the fullest life possible.

We believe each of us is entitled to a voice in establishing our own life goals and strive to treat each person we assist as a partner.

We are committed to making a positive difference in the communities where we live and work.


In 1963 a group of parents created a program to help foster the independence of their children, seven young people with developmental disabilities. They found area educators to teach skills, established a work center for packaging and assembly and found customers among area businesses. They felt their children were capable of productive work, and believed that this would not only encourage their independence but enhance their well being.

Today the agency they launched is a valued resource to the people, families and communities across nine counties in New York and the highly regarded provider of a wide range of constantly evolving services and programs. While as many as 10,000 individuals now receive widely varied services each year, the spirit and initiative of the founding families is honored in a shared commitment to promoting the independence, health and happiness of every person the agency serves.

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