Resident Home Association
Providing lifelong residential and other services for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities since 1966
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Partners For Community Living
We support the mission and services of Choices In Community Living and the Resident Home Association with fundraising, including community events and activities, grants, advocacy and development of community partnerships that benefit people with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
Partners was honored to work with the Tecumseh Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA Scouts) to charter one of the first integrated Scout troops with members with intellectual/developmental disabilities in Ohio. Our Venturing Crew #6685 includes both men and women over the age of 18.
The Brighter Tomorrow Foundation has been instrumental in providing funds for a variety of activities for our Venturing Crew.
Volunteers are welcome to join us as Crew leaders or members or to join us in any of our activities. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator Cheron Barclift at email@example.com.
Torry Brown (Choices In Community Living) is the first president of the first chartered Optimist Club in the nation led by members with intellectual/developmental disabilities, the Greenemont Optimists. He has been involved in the chartering of the Partners Optimist Club. Greenemont and Partners Optimists, along with We Care Arts Optimists, form the first three integrated Clubs, a model for inclusion and leadership for the nation.
"I want people to see and to know that people with disabilities care about others and want to help. I do this for others and from my heart and not for me. And when I do this, I learn more about myself every day." - Torry Brown, President, Greenemont Optimists
Partners For Community Living
supports the mission and services of Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association, including:
Nationally recognized advocacy
Nationally distributed Lest We Forget film and audio documentaries and book
Annual and planned gifts and events that support individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities
Building community partnerships
With foundations, colleges/universities, schools, churches, civic and social organizations and businesses
With the people we serve, families, neighbors, donors and volunteers
Sharing our stories
Through our newsletters, social media, website and publications
Encouraging community integration, access and friendships
Lest We Forget: Silent Voices
By Mark R. Lyons
A Partners for Community Living Production
Lest We Forget is a powerful and empowering journey through the first-person stories of people with developmental disabilities — once labeled mentally defective — who were sent away to state institutions. The life-long impact of institutionalization was experienced not only by those who spent decades in these human warehouses. The story is also told through the voices of the mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters who were left behind, as well as the pioneering professionals and advocates who put their own lives and careers in jeopardy to bring about change.
The film notes that when change came about, it was the work, at least partially, of staff with roots in the civil rights and antiwar movements of the 60s and 70s — and some of the opponents were the same as well. One speaker recalls that when his institution attempted to prosecute an employee for severe abuse of a resident, the head of the local Ku Klux Klan came out to demonstrate. Early attempts to create community group homes as an alternative were vigorously and sometimes violently opposed by neighbors. Some homes were vandalized and threatened with arson.
These are stories that happened throughout America — and only a few decades ago. The film is an important and unusual effort to record and preserve these recollections of a little-known part of the civil rights movement before they are lost to history.
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