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Day Spring and Community Living, Inc. announce merger to strengthen residential supports and services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Day Spring Community Living will be one of the region’s largest providers of community based residential supports and services
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – (October 18, 2016) – Two Louisville-based non-profits today announced a merger that will help assure long-term, quality residential support of adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Day Spring and Community Living, Inc. have united to become Day Spring Community Living. The new organization has an $8.5 million operating budget and offers 62 combined years of experience serving this population. Approximately 165 individuals are employed by the merged organization. Each founding organization is rooted in the needs and wishes of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be empowered to live as independently as possible. Day Spring Community Living is now one of the region’s largest providers of community based residential supports and services.
Currently, more than 2,000 individuals in Kentucky are on waiting lists to receive the type of services Day Spring Community Living provides. By offering a broader range of service options, the merged organization is positioned more effectively for growth in meeting this need and providing the services and supports these individuals need.
Day Spring and Community Living, Inc. each originally grew out of parents’ and guardians’ concerns for the care and welfare of their adult children as they themselves advanced in age. These parents also realized the desire of their children to live in the community and share their individual gifts with others. Addressing these combined needs helped create the groundwork for the two organizations. Day Spring was founded in 1994 with a donation of 13 acres of land in a residential setting on Illinois Avenue. Two original homes opened to receive 14 residents. Community Living, Inc. was founded in 1976 as a program of what is now the Council on Developmental Disabilities (originally the Council for Retarded Citizens of Jefferson County.) Community Living has operated as a private, non-profit agency supporting adults in residential settings since 1981.
The merger of Day Spring and Community Living, Inc. allows the new organization to operate long-term in a financially sound manner while taking full advantage of the combined individual strengths and efficiencies of each organization. The merger also helps fortify the organization in surviving the challenges of a complex medical reimbursement system and competition for support by private funders. James Graham Brown Foundation, Gheens Foundation, and SeaChange-Lodestar Fund provided funding in support of merger-related expenses. A special fundraising campaign is now underway for the expansion of the Ford Community Center building at 3430 Day Spring Court, which will combine administrative space into one location for the merged organization.
“We are thrilled to join forces and share synergies with Community Living,” said Sarah Trester, CEO of Day Spring Community Living. “It is critically important that we look to the future with a focus on creating the strongest organization possible. The drive behind the merger is to fulfill our mission by increasing our capacity to serve more people, and achieve increased fiscal and operational efficiency. Most importantly, the people we serve will continue to receive the best support services available.”
When adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities receive needed supports, they can live successfully while participating in society. Unlike in previous generations, today’s adults with intellectual disabilities in their forties and fifties likely will outlive their parents. Without appropriate residential supports and services, many face costlier levels of care in an institutional setting, or even homelessness.
Day Spring Community Living currently serves 130 adults through its residential and support services. The organization is committed to ensuring that each client participates in 20 hours of meaningful work or other activities each week in order to enjoy a fulfilling life. This translates to an increasing number of clients being competitively employed, participating in day programs, and regularly volunteering in community settings.
“Without question, the most important beneficiaries of the merger are the individuals receiving high quality, person-centered services from Day Spring Community Living,” said Stephen S. Zaricki, chief operating officer of Day Spring Community Living. “Secondarily, their families benefit from knowing their loved ones are receiving the services they need in a stable, caring environment. The result of these combined entities is a strong collaboration of two of this region’s best service providers for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We look forward to a bright future ahead.”
About Day Spring Community Living
Day Spring Community Living enhances, empowers, and fulfills the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by encouraging self-determination; providing high quality, person-centered supports and services; and valuing the gifts of each person. To learn more, please visit www.DaySpringKy.org and www.CommunityLivingInc.com. Find our temporary landing page at www.DaySpringCommunityLiving.org.