Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled began offering services in Western New York in 1989. At that time, there were 82 employees, many of whom were part-time, working out of a rented storefront on Hertel Avenue.
Two decades later, Community Services now has a staff of over 950 and offers more than 40 programs. The Agency's administrative offices are strategically located throughout Erie County with offices in Buffalo, Lackawanna, and Kenmore. In addition, Community Services provides residential housing in neighborhoods throughout Western New York.
While the Agency has grown significantly over the years, its commitment to providing community-based services has remained the same.
"Community Services seeks to assist individuals with developmental disabilities who desire greater independence within their community," explains Mark R. Foley, President and CEO. "Many of the people we serve are already living independently within the community, but need additional support to maximize their potential. Others are not at the point where they can live independently, but our staff assist them in taking steps towards that direction."
After years of providing consistent, comprehensive services in Western New York, Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled has earned a reputation of successfully serving individuals who present unique challenges.
"This Agency is known for creating an entire program around one specific person who presents a unique need," explains Mark. "We have also been successful in identifying trends and responding to those trends with practical solutions that benefit both individuals with developmental disabilities and the communities in which they live."