"We recognized that we have common missions and operational objectives and that by working together both organizations will benefit," says Ray DeNatale, IRI's Executive Director.
Woodhaven, NY (PRWEB) January 16, 2013
Joining forces can be the best way to move forward in a changing business climate and broaden the opportunity to offer the best care for those seeking support.
Independence Residences, Inc. (IRI), a not-for-profit human services agency that provides residential and community support to people with developmental disabilities and other visual impairments, has affiliated with the Queens Parent Resource Center (QPRC), a provider of similar services and programs for the developmentally disabled.
Executive Director, James Magalee of QPRC and IRI’s Executive Director, Ray DeNatale, became acquainted through their membership in the Queens Council on Developmental Disabilities.
“The opportunity to serve one of the most at-risk populations in our state is a humbling experience. We are equally obligated to balance this humility to take the steps necessary to improve our capacity if it means bringing them a better quality of service,” says Magalee.
“We recognized that we have common missions and operational objectives and that by working together both organizations will benefit. QPRC has experience with supporting people who are medically frail and those that require wheelchairs, and we work with people with developmental disabilities such as Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and behavioral issues,” says DeNatale.
The affiliation, 18 months in the making, has been approved by both boards, and represents the Agencies working together as a first step toward a merger.
“We will develop a management services agreement that will dictate more formally what we will provide for them and what they will provide for us. The two organizations remain legally and fiscally separate,” says DeNatale.
Magalee added, “When comparing agencies, it is easy to cite areas of overlap in similar services. However, the most appealing aspect is in the distinct strengths within each organization that mesh naturally to create a synergy that will result in a stronger, more capable nucleus.”
IRI has been recognized for its quality standards and is one of 20 organizations out of nearly 800 in New York, to be invited to be a COMPASS agency with the New York State Office of People With Developmental Disabilities. COMPASS recognizes and promotes agencies that have progressed beyond basic regulatory compliance and have achieved excellence in service delivery. IRI will share its service knowledge with QPRC.
QPRC brings its expertise working with the medically frail and with people requiring wheelchairs. QPRC's $7 million in revenue will broaden the fiscal base of IRI and allow us together to assist a wider range of people in need of support. “The ability to extend costs and services across both agencies will benefit both IRI and QPRC,” explains DeNatale.
In 1992, when Magalee's mother, Ana, founded QPRC, she turned to IRI's board for guidance. Through this long-standing relationship, both agencies are again turning to each other for the betterment of both.
“The affiliation is beneficial to both agencies and the people served by both. It makes us a larger, stronger organization, and better prepared to succeed in the managed care environment,” says DeNatale.
Independence Residences, Inc., a not-for-profit human services agency, was founded in 1984 for the purpose of serving people who have intellectual disabilities and visual or other impairments. IRI provides varied residential opportunities some of which are staffed 24 hours a day. Day opportunities include supportive employment; work at the Independence Cafe and both day habilitation programs that are site based and non-site based. In addition, we offer a wide range of family support services; many home based that include Respite, Crisis and After School programs. These programs are provided in the 5 boroughs of New York City and on Long Island.
Since 1992, Queens Parent Resource Center has been an organization focused on individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families, parents in particular. QPRC began by providing a variety of Family Support Services programs including Family Reimbursement and Outreach. The agency quickly expanded to include Service Coordination services, supporting almost 400 families. Home-based services include Community Habilitation and In-Home Respite. The residential program focuses on small, individualized settings spanning a variety of support levels. Among its day service offerings is a site dedicated to supporting the needs of wheelchair users and those who require enhanced medical attention. True to its roots, QPRC maintains a parent support group, called the Parent Federation, which meets monthly to get updates from experts and discuss topics of their choosing.