AHRC New York City, which for over 65 years has served people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, has updated its mission statement to reflect the changes in our society and the services we offer. The new mission statement is:
A family governed organization committed to finding ways for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities to build full lives as defined by each person and supported by dedicated families, staff and community partners.
“This new mission statement is a great expression of our traditions over the last 65 years and what we’re looking for in the future,” Michael Decker, Chief Operating Officer, said. “Since we began our journey with the Council on Quality and Leadership,” Carole Gothelf, Director of Individualized Supports added, “it became apparent to us that we needed a new mission statement to be reflective of everybody’s voice.” Three sessions in three boroughs using the world cafe model of group discussion were utilized, with approximately 30 people per session taking part. “This was done to be reflective of what everybody thinks– board members, people receiving supports, and staff,” Jennifer Teich, Project Coordinator of Individualized Supports, said. The language was reviewed and discussed at the Board of Directors retreat and formally adopted at the December board meeting.
“Our field is in a time of change, and we face many challenges during these times,” Mr. Decker said. “It is critical to reflect during periods of change, and it provides us a chance to properly identify who we are now and what we want to be going forward.”