The Marion County Board of Developmental Disabilities helps people to live, learn, and earn in the community.
C.A.R.E.S. (community, advocacy, respect, enthusiasm, and self-determination)
It’s perfect, MCBDD CARES deeply for the people we serve, our community, and we are tireless advocates who want to see respect for all mankind.
We want COMMUNITY
We chose this word because that is where we should be. The people we serve deserve inclusion, life experiences, education, resources, relationships, opportunities, and friendship. It’s our job to create a community for those we serve and also fight for them by raising the level of awareness about their ABILITY.
We want ADVOCACY
We chose this word because if we don’t advocate – who will? Advocate for support, for services, for quality, for independence. Sometimes it takes creativity to accommodate those with disabilities. Let’s get creative and do what it takes to include all people, everywhere, all the time.
We want RESPECT
We chose the word respect because it’s so critically important and not always awarded to those we serve. It’s important that they (and we) are respected, treated with integrity, treated ethically, fairly, and with pride. Embracing different is good.
We want ENTHUSIASM
This word encompasses the way we do what we do. With passion, teamwork, fun, optimism, and creativity. We strive to provide the best quality of support humanly possible with a smile a sense of pride for “our people” – that keeps us going.
We want SELF-DETERMINATION
This word is so definitive and critically important to the success of our organization. It’s all about having a plan, a vision, goals, choices, person-centered care, independence, and last, but certainly not least… FREEDOM.
The staff at MCBDD know the power of the people that we serve. We know that the people we serve are ABLE. Seeing the smiles on their faces after those small “wins” makes every day worth it.