Mission Statement of Glory Community
The mission of Glory Community, a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Colorado, is to glorify God by meeting the special needs of adults with developmental disabilities and their families by providing a caring residential community in a safe, stable Christian environment. The Glory Community will foster a lifelong opportunity for vocational, social, emotional and spiritual growth; helping to maximize the residents' full potential, self confidence, peer relationships and independence.
Throughout the United States, a major crisis has arisen in the area of services for adults with intellectual disabilities. Over one million of these individuals live with caregivers that are more than 60 years old. In Colorado alone, the numbers exceed 12,000 in this same category. Government funding for residential services is woefully inadequate due to Medicaid cuts at the federal level and spending and revenue restrictions by statute at the state level. Current trends clearly indicate that the situation will worsen rapidly with no solution on the horizon.
At a local level, Colorado ranks 48th in the nation on monies spent for services to the intellectually disabled. These funding shortages have affected the availability of residential services. According to the Colorado Department of Developmental Disabilities, the number of those registered (ones who have self-identified) for residential services in two years or less on the statewide waiting list is more than 12,000 and growing.
The most staggering issue is the severe lack of facilities for adults with intellectual disabilities. As parents and custodians age and pass away, these individuals are left with few options. They require guidance and care. Additionally, unless one is related to or has been close to individuals with these challenges, it is difficult to understand their specific needs and make the most informed decisions on their welfare. The grim reality is that a significant percentage of these individuals will face homelessness.
Glory Community proposes to create a viable solution to address this need. Glory Community, a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization was created to provide a faith based Christian environment for families seeking a fulfilling, safe, and caring residential community for their adult son or daughter with functional intellectual disabilities.
November 27, 2006
To whom it may concern:
I am pleased to write in support of the efforts of the Glory Community Project and the efforts of Jim and Sandy Hembd. I have known the Hembds personally and professionally for approximately 15 years, through Jim's DDCImagine! Board membership, Sandy's Imagine! Foundation Board membership, and Mike & Mark as consumers of Imagine! services.
Through numerous conversations with Jim and Sandy, I've become familiar with the Glory Community Vision, and believe that such family driven efforts to provide needed residential supports for individuals with developmental disabilities is absolutely necessary in the years ahead.
The need for residential services for people with developmental disabilities is huge and, unfortunately, growing across the country. The population of individuals with disabilities is aging, as are their family caregivers. A crisis is looming in the country, as has been frequently reported not only in professional journals but also in such prestigious news media as the Wall Street Journal. State and Federal Governments have not, and most likely will not be able to fund the need. Interested individuals & families will have to fill the gap. This is particularly true in Colorado where the waiting lists for Comprehensive (residential) services are over 3000 and growing each year due to inadequate funding.
Imagine! is actively working with families and consumers to identify their future needs, and is attempting to educate and support them regarding the personal involvement and planning required. Families will have to be more proactive in the future to ensure adequate and desirable residential supports for their sons and daughters, and not rely as much on government support.
I salute the efforts of Jim and Sandy, and families such as theirs, who are investing the time and effort to ensure successful supports for their children as they become adults. I would hope that you would, as well, support their efforts as they strive to make the Glory Community an important support system in our community.
John M. Taylor, Ph.D.
Executive DirectorCEO (Retired)
1400 Dixon Ave.
Lafayette, CO 80026