MVDS supports adults and children in Eagle, Garfield, Lake and Pitkin counties with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Our work provides life span services for these individuals, their parents and family members, guardians, colleagues at work, neighbors and friends to promote independence, quality of life, and rights protection.
One of the mother's of a child who had gone through Early Intervention with us and who had received wrap-around services through the Family Support Services Program wrote a letter thanking MVDS for all of the support she had received. Her daughter was born deaf and MVDS had helped the family identify the problems early on and then move on to solutions by educating the family in sign-language and other intervention and education related therapies and methodologies.
The mother (Alejandra) writes:
Our daughter turned three already. Time has really gone fast. Her transition to preschool surprisingly was very smooth. She just loves it.
I really do not have words to thank enough Mountain Valley. You, the therapists and the case managers, all the workers of Mountain Valley are so generous and passionate to help. Luisiana and I will always keep you all in our hearts. Our therapists gave us an experience absolutely life changing. All you kind people helped Luisiana become this curious, interested, happy little girl that she is now.
Thank a lot from the bottom of my heart.
Here is the story of just one of our many comprehensive support success stories:
Jimmy began his journey with MVDS in 2005 receiving daily supports while living with his family. By 2008, Jimmy had moved into a group home. That same year, Jimmy began working at the Mountain Valley Greenhouse. With assistance from the MVDS staff, Jimmy worked diligently on improving his ability to do things for himself. In 2013, Jimmy moved into an apartment with only part-time help from MVDS staff. Today, Jimmy is 35 and he and his girlfriend reside in an apartment together. Jimmy holds two jobs - one still at the Greenhouse and one at the Village Inn. Last year, Jimmy was selected by his peers to serve on the MVDS Board of Directors. Jimmy is an excellent example of how MVDS supports and services can help move an individual toward his or her goals and increased independence and self-sufficiency.