Our History

The Carpenter Family

Adults With Disabilities and Their Families

The Carpenter Family

Our Story

Each and every day of our lives together as a family we are grateful for the blessing under our roof and the threads that tie us to our community here in Scottsdale. For some, it’s not possible to understand how deeply appreciative we truly are.

Twenty-seven years ago we welcomed our first born Cortney, into this world. Born with multiple complications at birth, she endured numerous life threatening operations in the first weeks of her infant life and subsequently into her early childhood years as well. Each day Cortney faces one challenge after another with strength, dignity and determination. Often times the thought of what she was enduring medically was almost unspeakable as we looked upon our child. But somehow, the strength that we drew upon as husband and wife during those times taught us important lessons for life.

Despite all the complications, surgeries and medical prognosis, Cortney has grown into the beautiful young woman she is today. And although she has been diagnosed with congenital nervous system malformations leaving her non-verbal, non-ambulatory and unable to care for herself, Cortney faces each day challenged to do what others normally take for granted. Her sister Chelsea, just seven years younger, has been and continues to champion her efforts as she accomplishes her daily life goals.

No doubt everyone has heard about special needs programs for the disabled young child, young adult or older adult. Many, if not most, are encouraged and participate in programs leading up to the equivalent of graduating high school. But believe it or not, there are not many choices which exist in post-graduate programs for the handicapped. Incredible to think that in a state so full of culture and arts, and some of the finest services available to the community, we are lacking in post educational life programs for the disabled. They are viable members of our community and need a place to further advance the basic life skills which they have learned in the high school programs. By offering a center based program, we can provide the re-enforcement necessary so that each individual can maximize their potential.

Cortney’s Place, a non-profit 501(c)3, is based on these objective goals… to provide a program center which raises the bar for the physically and mentally disabled. Our center offers all the aspects of innovative and enhanced programs, providing challenging, stimulating and exciting objectives all contributing to increasing independence and personal productivity.

Cortney’s Place supports the center located at The Scottsdale Promenade, 7000 East Shea Boulevard and partner with Marc Community Resources, is our premier service provider at Cortney’s Place.  Marc Community Resources, Inc. is a leader for over 50 years in the Phoenix area in developing opportunities for those who are challenged.


 Jim, Cindy, Cortney & Chelsea Carpenter