Mission & Philosophy

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Our Mission

The purpose of CO-OP is to support people with disabilities to become valued members of their communities, with opportunities for meaningful participation in areas of personal pursuit.

To carry out this mission, CO-OP provides or facilitates services that:

  • Acknowledge and build upon an individual’s strengths, interests, and cultural experiences;
  • Assist in the development of skills that promote community presence and participation;
  • Provide meaningful opportunities for education, employment, recreation, volunteerism and other enrichment activities;
  • Support diverse and valued social relationships among people of all ages and abilities
  • Encourage collaboration with other organizations and individuals in support of these values.

Our Philosphy

People Working With People

The phrase "people working with people" is at the heart of CO-OP’s values and service philosophy. It simply means affording the people we support – no matter the extent or nature of their challenges – the same level of respect and courtesy we offer to friends and families. Equally important, it’s about embracing our similarities, not the perceived differences.

In support of this philosophy:

• All the members of our organization are treated equally with dignity and respect, regardless of our differences and unique challenges.

• We respect and support the decisions of people receiving our services.

• We maintain a high level of expectations for everyone in the agency and share the belief we will all respond in a positive manner.

• We understand the power of words… what we say and how we say it speaks volumes about the members of our organization.

• We all work together to enhance community services for people with disabilities by educating the public with positive examples of our work.

• No matter what our job titles may be, everyone at CO-OP is considered support staff. We are all responsible for supporting the visions and dreams of individuals receiving our services.