It is hard to point out one good thing this group of people do for the community as it seems every time I turn around I see or hear great things. It truly is a blessing to have this organization in our community.
This great organization serves individuals with disabilities to achieve their potential. They do this in a number of areas including vocational training and placement, residential and home care and training caregivers. I have seen many individuals that are served by Cascade Connections and have been impressed by their love and care for them. Cascade caregivers and staff seem to value each individual. I regularly refer families with a disabled individual to check out the programs that Cascade offers.
My younger brother has been a resident of Cascade Connections for almost 10 years. He has been loved and cared for with respect. The door is always open for us to visit him when ever we want to drop in. He is quite low functioning however they are always trying to find things that he can do, so he just does not lay around. He loves taking rides, eating french fries and milk shakes. He has two jobs, one is putting Bibles on the chairs at a local church in prep for Sunday service, the other is shredding paper at the agency. I know these jobs do not sound like much, but for him they are big accomplishments. Thank you Cascade for being there to take excellent care of my brother
Cascade Connections formally known as Cascade Christian Services is a really great company. They offer such a great deal of services from home care services, to independent living, and assisting with job services just to name a few. I really like how they always go above and beyond for those they serve, as well as take much pride in caring for there staff. As a former employee of over 8 years with the company I highly recommend this company.
My brother Peter, who has fragile-X syndrome, has been a client of Cascade since 2004. He has always been treated with respect and demonstrated concern for his welfare. Over the years extensive efforts have been made to find work that Peter would enjoy and environments where he would do well. My husband was a board member for Cascade for eight years and experienced Cascade as an organization of the highest integrity serving the developmentally disabled. Cascade always searched for the optimal service for its clients, protecting their welfare in every one of the services they provide, never seeking to profit for themselves in any way.
Cascade Connections is a vital part of the Whatcom County community. They provide multi-dimensional services to individuals of all age ranges and abilities. My favorite aspect of CCS is that they provide long term services when needed. They develop and adjust in order to meet the needs of their clients for a lifetime. This is imperative for the individuals growth and well being. In a society where "aging out" and "transferring programs" is all too common within the social services arena, CCS defies this norm. Whether it be providing vocational services or long term life and independence skills CCS remains dedicated to the individual in need. A former staff I now have the pleasure of seeing current high school students, whom I work with in the classroom, graduate and move on to pursue vocational services from CCS.
In time a of need when I most needed a job I applied through Cascade connections. I started working with Cascade connections and I can't say anything but good things about the people that work there and the company everyone is very friendly. I first started doing home care for my grandfather when I was 14 years old I for started doing home care for my grandfather when I was 14 years old send then I knew that this type a work was right for me. I saw a care aide not beign very respectful to him so the only thing I could do was fire her and take care of him myself. After I got my schooling done and the certificates that I needed I got hired through Cascade connections now I have the best clients I can ask for. I love working as a home care aide cause I love helping people. Now in this type of profession I can make a difference in people's lives!
It was via word of mouth, and then newspaper articles that I learned of a group home being built near our home. It fascinated me to learn the background stories of the young people who had never known independence. They had either lived in institutions, or in a sheltered environment. Suddenly, what we assumed and took for granted as being "normal" was going to become their new way of life.
little did I know, a freak accident would someday make me even more aware of how Cascade Connections (formerly Cascade Christian Services) changes lives for the better. On his way home from school on a rainy afternoon, my sons car hydroplaned off the road, and landed on its top. Suddenly, my strong, healthy, seventeen year old son was totally disabled, requiring help to do everything we all take for granted. Dressing, eating, using the bathroom, walking, etc. All these things required one on one assistance. Having health issues of my own, my husband and I realized we needed some serious help. Our son realized he didn't want his mom bathing and toileting him every day.
Cascade Connections offered everything he needed to begin his new life. An independent life. They have supplied the staffing and tools required for him to live life to the fullest. The residential department sees to his daily living needs, the vocational department helps him with his vending business, which gives him pocket money to go to movies, concerts, or wherever else he chooses to go.
By giving him freedom, it also gave me an opportunity to volunteer my time as a member of the board of directors and a committee member. Our family thanks God daily for the important part Cascade Connection plays in our daily lives!