Whole Life Services was conceived in the year 2000. The first day we provided services was September 4th, 2001. Our philosophy is that choice, relationships, and community involvement work together to improve the quality of life for everyone. We started by reaching out to individuals and their families who had a hard time being successful in traditional congregate settings. At that time we were at the forefront of change and offering participation in non-traditional
programs and services that were not available in our area at that time. Fortunately, these services are now available at many agencies, which motivates providers to ensure and promote quality.
Whole Life Service’s mission is to provide quality, individualized supports and services to people with disabilities and their families.
As stated in our Brochure:
WLS. Inc.’s daily operations are motivated by and driven by persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD), their families, and others in the community supporting their lives. In order to empower people to make choices, we recognize the necessity to actively and diligently facilitate the following:
- People need to develop an AWARENESS of their ability to exercise choice.
- People need to feel CONFIDENT in their ability to exercise choice.
- People need to assume RESPONSIBILITY for their choices and the inherent risks.
- People need to experience SATISFACTION and FULFILLMENT in their lives.
- People need SUPPORTS in their struggle to feel EMPOWERED.
Our Vision is that the individuals we serve and support will improve the quality of, and satisfaction in their life from involvement in Whole Life Service’s programs and philosophies. This is a process and is accomplished by working towards the following Program Outcomes:
1. Individuals make responsible choices.
2. Individuals experience personal growth, and develop themselves as
citizens of our community. They expand social relationships and informal
3. Individuals develop their own voice to describe what they need, and to
advocate for themselves in areas of their own choosing.
4. Individuals are safe.
5. Individuals are appreciated, respected, and supported as important and
valuable members of the team.
6. Individuals have appropriate and challenging outcomes as defined by
7. Acquisition of positive, functional communication, and thus
decrease in utilizing negative behavior to communicate. (Decrease in
8. Reduced need for use of medical services by improving health.
9. Subjective quality of life improvement in happiness, choices, and control.
10. Perceptions of improvement by other team members – family, friends,
and significant others.
We must also demonstrate the effectiveness of our services through objective, measurable data. We believe this in no way interferes with the team’s perception of improvement and accomplishment.
OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE:
While the services we provide support both the individuals and their families, the outcomes are chosen by the person we serve. For a person to be successful they must want to work on the outcomes and objectives. The team, including parents and guardians, have input, but we will not make or force a person to work on something or learn something. We admit to our program people who need services and are committed to accepting the support we have to offer.