Mission: Assists people with disabilities to live quality lives in their communities.
Programs: Group living - we believe that all people have similar desires in life, to be around others, to be accepted, to pursue their dreams. To contribute and be helpful. Those who live with intellectual and developmental disabilities are no different. Both our home and work programs help those we support interact more in the community because that is part of enjoying life. We help people pursue their interests that might include creating jewelry, crocheting, getting involved in sports, or becoming entrepreneurs by selling what they create. Travel is also important, and weve helped people go to places like london, disneyland, and the oregon coast. Some want to visit parents or relatives in other states.
independent living - some people live independently in apartments, yet need assistance and training with a variety of daily living tasks from managing personal health to accessing community resources and activities. They can always access our 24-hour emergency support network when something unexpected happens. Our supported living program grew significantly during the last year. More people with disabilities and their families are embracing the idea that people with disabilities can be successful in their homes when they receive the right kind and amount of help. Our services allow people to learn, grow and contribute to their community. We tailor our support to meet each persons needs.
employment - everyone needs money to survive, but more than that, they need purpose. Individuals at alvord-taylor are no different. There are three options for those we serve: seek competitive employment within the community, apply for one of alvord taylors positions for supported individuals to increase work skills, or volunteer within the community to identify and learn additional work skills. Our goal is to help the people we support feel valued and encouraged to engage in work activities that they enjoy. Performing meaningful work in the community contributes to a quality life. We take a person-centered approach, and each person makes her/his own choices. Alvord-taylor is certified to offer vocational rehabilitation services, and our staff members are available to provide information, guide and facilitate those choices. Most of the people who participate in our vocational program dont work full-time, but they do work that is meaningful to them. Our goal is to have individuals employed in community businesses while our staff provide any on the job support the person needs to be successful; this includes, anything from supporting someone during a large portion of their shift to simply checking in and ensuring both the employer and employee are doing well.
Let me start out by saying it is hard to remain professional when speaking of this company but I will try my best to do so while getting my point across.
The #1 problem here is the Executive Director. He puts on a "front" to the Board of Directors, during All-Staff Meetings and during the Company parties such as summer picnics and Christmas parties. But on a day-to-day basis he is a bully! He curses at staff and during meetings, raises his voice to an inappropriate level, demonstrates very poor communication including selective listening, interrupts you when you're talking, breaches confidentiality, gossips, doesn't seek information for a full picture when incidents/events occur and gives off a very intimidating form of body language. This man is detrimental to this organization.
Because of the way the Executive Director treats people, the administration turn over is excruciatingly high! Just in the last 12 months, that I can recall, they have lost: Finance Director (who wasn't replaced for months), the Payroll Specialist, at least 5 Program Managers (many who haven't been replaced), the Operations Manager, 2 Program Coordinators (who have not been replaced), 2 HR Manager/Generalists, the Recruiter, and countless DSP's.
Much of the staff that work there are amazing people! My immediate co-workers were incredible! Their dedication to the Individuals is outstanding, however, that dedication results in them working countless hours of overtime. This organization contributes to the poor health and crumbling of families due to the pressure the Executive Director puts on them. They are hard workers despite the constant beat-down from the Executive Director and his select few "puppets" (who will likely see the light one day).
My heart hurts for the Individuals that are supported by this agency because they are ultimately the ones that will hurt when this ship sinks...and it will sink one day. The company is structurally and financially unstable.
I ignored reviews when I started there and I wished I hadn't. If you read this and still decide to take a job with them, please PLEASE be sure you document situations. I guarantee you they will happen and you will be glad you documented things when it crumbles! I know I am!
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Alvord Taylor is a great place to work. Its pay structure is set up to most reward those who are directly working with the people that are supported in their homes. This company trains more and pays more than any agency in the area. The positions are fully benefited and it is a great place to go if you want to help people for a living or you have a degree and want to get your foot in the door to become a case manager.