Tresco Inc. - Nonprofit of the Month June 2013

Jun 18th, 2013

Tresco Inc. Enhancing Lives For 45 Years1800 COPPER LOOP528-2200



Tresco supports people with differing abilities to reach their potential and realize their dreams.


The purpose of Tresco Inc. is to provide supports and services to children and adults living with a disability that enhances their lives and enables them to contribute and participate fully in their community.

Key goals:

1. To improve the quality of life for children and adults living with a disability through numerous well established programs including early intervention for children birth to 3 years old, respite for families, supported employment, day services and residential supports for adults with developmental disabilities and employment for adults with disabilities that create a barrier to getting and keeping a job. 2. To enhance Tresco’s organizational health and integrity through employee engagement, financial stability, compliance, safety and security. 3. To achieve a high level of knowledge management through employee learning and growth, information management, communication and continuous quality improvement.


Tresco Inc. was formed in 1982 as a merger of Socorro/ Sierra Learning Services and the Open Door Center in Las Cruces. The name Tresco was selected for it reference to “tres condados,” or three counties.

Founded in 1968 as the Open Door Center by a group of parents as a program to support their children with developmental disabilities, the first services were delivered by volunteers in a facility on the property of Mesilla Valley Christian Church.

Employees of Tresco Inc. are proud of their jobs at White Sands Missile Range. In 1974, the Socorro program was established as the
Community Developmental Center to provide services to children and adults with developmental disabilities. In 1981, the Socorro program expanded and became the Socorro/Sierra Learning Services.

Tresco has a rich history of expanding support and services that enhance the lives of people with disabilities and in turn enhancing the diverse culture of our community. From those humble beginnings, Tresco now services more than 1,500 people a year in numerous programs.

This innovation and dedication has created “successful futures and valued lives” for thousands of our most vulnerable citizens.

Because of these efforts, the impact on the community is realized in several ways.

Tresco employs 576 people (30 percent with a significant disability) with the payroll impacting our economy.

Its early intervention services promote early detection of developmental delays and provide services in the crucial first few years of life, saving dollars on future costs in special education.

Providing community-based support eliminates the need for costly institutionalization. Putting people back to work in good jobs with benefits saves taxpayers in public benefits and meets the needs of our local and government employers.

Key people to know:

• Russell Foddrill, Boardof Directors Chair

• Pam Lillibridge, President/ CEO

• Richard Aguilar, Controller

• Gail Estell, Humanresources Manager

• Scott Launer, Director of Contracts

• Sylvia Washington, Director of
Children’s Services

• Al Sanchez, Vocational Services Program Manager

• Maureen Gant, Program Support Manager

• Dona Martinez, Community Living Program Manager

• Arleen Lindsey, Socorro/ Sierra Program Manager

• Gary Manley, Facilities and Safety Program Manager

• Matthew Earnest, Information Technology Manager

• Nicole Johnson, Quality Enhancement Program Manager

Events and activities:

An open house is planned to honor its 45th anniversary on July 25 at its Copper Loop facility. A car seat clinic sponsored by its TOTS program Saturday, June 1, at Baird’s Automotive. TOTS will be participating in the Las Cruces Mom’s Groups, Mix and Mingle event at the Las Cruces Convention Center July 13. Tresco Inc. will be participating in the Las Cruces ADA Celebration July 26 at the Doña Ana County Government Building on Motel Boulevard.

Future plans:

Establish a therapy clinic for children, expand services to children with autism, expand school-to-work initiatives, develop volunteer opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities, participate in Skill-Ready Doña Ana using WorkKeys as a tool to select, hire and train a high­performance workforce, expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities through individual placements and prime contracting with local, state and federal government.