Persons with developmental disabilities want help creating these five valued life experiences: belonging, respect, sharing spaces, contribution, and choice.John O’Brien
Before coming to Garden Center Services twenty years ago today, I had many mentors and teachers that helped shape my vision of how individuals should be seen, heard, and supported. I am thankful to all of them but I realize that the instructors that made the strongest impact on my philosophy, and my life, have been the individuals with developmental disabilities themselves. I am awed by the unconditional regard and acceptance that they have bestowed on me as they allowed me to participate in their life’s journeys.
And words alone cannot express the gratitude and admiration I feel for all of you that have demonstrated such dedication and compassion as we have worked together to improve the quality of life for those persons we are honored to serve. I am confident that our employees, all of you, the Direct Support Professionals to the Executive Team, are the strongest group that I’ve ever encountered!
Over the years at the agency I have had an abundance of moral and financial support from our families and from our friends! All the hours and hours volunteering at our events and donating to the various fundraisers we’ve held has been instrumental to getting us to where we are now! I also want to recognize those parent/guardians, family members, business & community leaders that have provided such encouragement and guidance by serving on the agency’s Board of Directors.
Last, but not least, I want to thank my wife and partner Cindy, that has provided me more support, assistance, and inspiration than any man could hope for!
I have been so blessed, and as I am given the strength and energy, it is my hope to continue walking this path with all of you for years to come!
Peace and Love,