Community Options Inc. - Non Profit of the Month April 2014

Apr 16th, 2014

Community Options Inc.

16 FARBER ROAD, PRINCETON, NJ, 08540 • 609-951-9900 • WWW.COMOP.ORG

Participants line up for the Community Option Cupid’s Chase, an annual 5K held in February in the Mesilla Valley.Mission:

Community Options believes in the dignity of every person, and in the freedom of all people to experience the highest degree of self-determination.

Embracing this philosophy, Community Options provides housing, support services and advocacy assistance to help empower people with disabilities

Purpose:

Community Options develops residential and employment supports for people with severe disabilities, utilizing technology and training. As a national agency, Community Options has participated in institutional closure and community residential placement for thousands of people across several states. Community Options does not administer any large congregate programs, recognizing that people with the most severe disabilities need environments, equipment, clinical and staff support that are tailored to their very specific needs.

In its history, the agency has developed a reputation for quality, cost-effective administration that encourages individual choice and flexibility.

History:

Community Options was incorporated on Feb. 9, 1989, to develop residential and employment supports for people with severe disabilities, utilizing technology and training. As a national agency, Community Options has participated in institutional closure and community residential placement for thousands of people across several states.

The officers, management and staff of Community Options have many years of experience in providing community-based residential and employment support to people with mental retardation, autism, physical disabilities, traumatic brain injury and dual diagnoses.

The agency has developed an expertise in working with state- and county-based authorities to facilitate community placement for persons moving from institutions. This expertise includes utilization of national staff to support locally recruited executive directors in submitting individualized service plans, locating and securing appropriate homes, condos and apartments and recruiting and training experienced staff.

Community Options also hires state­of- the-art consultants to assist staff in designing and operating services that meet very specific needs.

Community Options contracts with various government entities and is supported by dedicated staff in programs throughout several states, including Kentucky, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

Key people to know:

Robert Stack, Founder, President and CEO

Events and activities:

Cupid’s Chase 5K; takes place in eight states and 24 race locations, including Las Cruces. All proceeds go toward supporting people with disabilities.

Future plans:

To expand to serve as many people as possible