ABLE’s Mission, Vision, and Core Values
To enhance the lives of people we support by promoting their uniqueness and building their self esteem and independence in a safe and comfortable environment
Happy, smiling people we support who are leading meaningful and enjoyable lives
Treating all stakeholders with respect, honesty, and fairness to gain their trust
Balancing safety while promoting Independence
Being responsive to an individual’s needs and wants and valuing those differences
Developing people we support to their full potential by helping them build relationships, gain independence, and integrate into their communities
- Teamwork and Collaboration
Working together with people we support, coworkers, parents and guardians
Responding positively to change and the future by supporting and educating all stakeholders
Being fiscally responsible with all resources
ABLE, Inc. History
ABLE, Inc., standing for, “A Brighter Living Experience,” has been providing residential care to people with developmental disabilities within Houston County for over 30 years. First named Houston County Group Homes, the 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation began as a grass roots effort by concerned parents who sought an alternative to sending their loved ones with disabilities to state institutions or keeping them out of the public eye. ABLE focuses on enhancing the lives of the people it supports by promoting their uniqueness and building their self esteem and independence in a safe and comfortable environment. At ABLE, employees are united in the belief that people with disabilities are best served by those who value them as individuals, fellow community members and friends.
The first group home opened in Caledonia in 1980, with the intermediate care facility in La Crescent opening shortly after in 1982. In the intervening 30 years, Houston County Group Homes opened 15 single family homes, an additional intermediate care facility in Houston, and expanded services.
The agency now provides services to over 110 individuals through its’ two Intermediate Care Facilities, 15 single family homes, community-based programs and Teaching and Recreation Centers.
Our Services Offered
ABLE provides a broad range of services that enable people to pursue their dreams within their own homes or in one of the many homes located in Caledonia, La Crescent, Houston, and Spring Grove. The services provided by ABLE encourage individuals to participate in decisions and choices which affect their daily lives. ABLE helps each person maintain independence and gain a sense of self-direction, while ensuring that a reliable and nurturing support network is available. Depending on the individual’s need for companionship, instruction and supervision, services may vary from a one hour visit a week to a full twenty-four hours a day.
- Supported Living Services (SLS)
Supported Living Services (SLS) are residential based homes that can provide up to 24 hour supervision depending on the needs of the individual. ABLE operates 15 residential facilities throughout the Houston County area. Each home is customized to meet the unique needs of the people supported.
- Intermediate Care Facilities
ABLE’s two Intermediate Care Facilities provide a greater level of care and supervision for residents with higher needs. These facilities are the Houston Apartments in Houston and Lancer Apartments in La Crescent.
- Semi-Independent Living Services (SILS)
SILS is for adults who live with their parents or in their own home or apartment and need just a little help with finances, shopping, meal preparation, socialization or grooming.
- Community-Based Services
In-Home Services are available to families of children with special needs. This program offers services to the child and support to the family while the child continues to live at home. Support services are designed to provide training to the child, consultation and support to the caregiver, and family respite in meeting the care needs of the child. This program is federally funded and monitored by local social service personnel.
ABLE, Inc. Board of Directors
President: Sarah Goff
Vice President: Brett Kemmer
Secretary: Anne Trnka
Treasurer: Angel Klankowski
Directors: Marlene Schultz, Cheryl Whitesitt, Heidi Harms, Eric Minor, Steve Ingvalson