Founded in 1951 by a group of parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Sparc is driven today by our Vision and our Values.
Sparc will become the premier provider of support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The people Sparc supports come first. Advocating on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and meeting their needs are Sparc's primary concern. Their growth, health, welfare and safety are foremost in every decision. People are treated with respect and dignity at all times. All supports will be integrated into the community environment for each person to the greatest extent possible.
Employees are essential to our mission. The professional growth, health, welfare, safety and dignity of Sparc employees are second only to Sparc's commitment to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Sparc will employ those who exhibit qualities consistent with Sparc values, provide them with appropriate training and supervision and maintain a productive and respectful working environment.
Sparc is committed to excellence. Sparc strives to provide supports and services to the highest quality. Every project and every action are measures of Sparc's commitment to this standard of excellence.
Sparc is committed to encouraging creativity and innovation in pursuing the mission. Sparc encourages new ideas and approaches as part of its ongoing commitment to improvement. Sparc seeks the thoughts and creativity of all staff, parents, guardians, people receiving supports and anyone with a sincere interest in its pursuit of innovation
Sparc fulfills its mission through programs attuned to the unique potential of each person and is designed to build self confidence and independence. Support services are provided to approximately 300 people through one or more of the following programs: 24 hour residential support; developmental training; supported living; supported employment; competitive employment; Sparcling Clean Janitorial Service, Project SEARCH and Summer Kamp .
Today, Sparc is an established 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and operates 21 Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILAs), or group homes offering 24-hour Residential Support, Vocational Services, Job Placement, Supported Employment and other programs attuned to the unique potential of each person. All programs are designed to build self-confidence and independence.
Thanks to the dedication and support of our community, staff, families and donors, Sparc has been able to impact the lives of those with developmental and intellectual disabilities for more than 65 years.