Mission

Cortney’s Place, a family-founded nonprofit disability organization, provides an inclusive, stimulating, and meaningful community-based day program for adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

History

In 1985, the Jim and Cindy Carpenter welcomed their firstborn child, Cortney. Born with multiple complications, she endured numerous life-threatening operations in the first weeks of her life. Despite being diagnosed with congenital nervous system malformations, leaving her non-verbal, non-ambulatory, and unable to care for herself, Cortney grew and faced each challenge with strength, dignity, and determination. When Cortney turned 22 she “aged out” of the school based program she had attended, and the Carpenters began their search for a safe, nurturing, and engaging day program for Cortney. They were disappointed to discover that most day programs were underfunded, uninviting, and only able to offer limited activities.

As a result, in 2007, the Carpenters founded Cortney’s Foundation – a safe, engaging, and innovative environment for disabled individuals who have aged out of the public-school system. Cortney’s Foundation received 501(c)(3) status from the IRS in 2007. In 2011 our name was changed to Cortney’s Place to better serve our vision of creating opportunities for adults living with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. By offering a center-based day program, Cortney’s Place provides the re-enforcement necessary to ensure that each individual maximizes their potential. For nine years, Cortney’s Place partnered with Marc Community Resources, Inc. to provide services. In October 2018, Cortney’s Place was awarded a Qualified Vendor contract (Division of Developmental Disabilities) and Home and Community Based Services certification (Department of Economic Security) and now operates independently.

Today, Cortney’s Place is a specialized day program for up to 42 adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). Our caregiver to individual ratio is 1:4 and we currently have 33 individuals enrolled. Cortney’s Place curriculum components include Music Therapy, Healthy Cooking, Hydrotherapy, Pet Therapy, Health and Wellness Programs, Art Classes, and Technology Classes. We strive to ensure that the individuals participating are stimulated cognitively, physically and socially to meet their personal goals, to work toward becoming more self-sufficient and to elevate their overall personal potential.