Progressive Residential Services - Nonprofit of the Month July 2013

Jul 23rd, 2013

250 S. MAIN ST. 575-523-8431



Progressive Residential Services (PRS) assists people with disabilities to discover their unique gifts and find ways to contribute those gifts to the community.


Progressive Residential Services, established in New Mexico in 2001, helps people with disabilities discover their talents.To enable adults with developmental disabilities, who would otherwise live in institutional settings, enjoy the benefits and opportunities available to ordinary citizens of our community.

Key goals:

1. Through the provision of residential services, to assure safe and comfortable living in typical neighborhoods.

2. Through the provision of community support services, to help people in service experience true inclusion as active members of the community.


PRS was established in New Mexico in 2001 to provide services to adults under the Developmental Disabilities (DD) Waiver. Recently, PRS has expanded to provide service to people with disabilities under other sources such as private pay and Mi Via Self-Directed Waiver.

As part of a network of organizations in New Mexico, Michigan and Alabama, PRS receives management consultation
from Allied Human Services.

Since PRS moved to its current location at 250 S. Main St., Suite A, the organization has intentionally sought to participate in and contribute to the culture of Downtown Las Cruces. In March 2012, it opened the Dennis Bell Disabilities Arts, Culture & Citizenship Center at 250 S. Main St., Suite B.

Key people to know:

• KayLilley,director

• JudySmith,Guardianofthe Year

• Rev.JoeWhitleyandNew Heights Faith Community, Neighbor(s) of the Year

• DorothyZitzler,localartist

Events and activities:

PRS will continue to facilitate the thoughtful inclusion of the people in its service in the life of the community. Activities provided through PRS’s day program during the week, many of which are available to the public, include tai chi, gardening, day trips, art, “Percussion Discussion” (a drumming circle), Keep Las Cruces Beautiful and picnics, among others.

The Dennis Bell Disabilities Arts, Culture & Citizenship Center features “Belonging Through the Arts,” an endeavor to build connections among diverse people through community conversations and art projects.

PRS obtained funding from the Devasthali Family Foundation, Governor’s Commission on Disability and New Heights Faith Community to support this endeavor, which has inspired understanding of and appreciation for all that we share in common as humans and everything that makes us each beautifully unique. This involved several projects with Hermosa Heights and University Hills elementary schools, as well as some other community groups. Currently on display at PRS are the “Seuss Series,” “Beloved Community” and “Risk” exhibits.

Future plans:

PRS is looking to expand services to people with disabilities outside of the DD Waiver system and into other counties. In the meantime, the organization is available to serve DD Waiver recipients in Doña Ana County in its day program and also has residential openings. On the list of activities coming up are a trip to the Albuquerque zoo and aquarium, a self-defense workshop and a legislative luncheon.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, July 29, the Dennis Bell Center will host an exhibit opening for area artist Sam Cueto. The center is available to exhibit the work of other artists with disabilities.

PRS is looking for other funding to continue the “Belonging through the Arts” endeavor and support other meaningful activities for the people receiving services.