Woodhaven, NY (PRWEB) January 16, 2013
Joining forces can be the best way to move forward in a changing business climate and broaden the opportunity to offer the best care for those seeking support.
Independence Residences, Inc. (IRI), a not-for-profit human services agency that provides residential and community support to people with developmental disabilities and other visual impairments, has affiliated with the Queens Parent Resource Center (QPRC), a provider of similar services and programs for the developmentally disabled.
Executive Director, James Magalee of QPRC and IRI’s Executive Director, Ray DeNatale, became acquainted through their membership in the Queens Council on Developmental Disabilities.
“The opportunity to serve one of the most at-risk populations in our state is a humbling experience. We are equally obligated to balance this humility to take the steps necessary to improve our capacity if it means bringing them a better quality of service,” says Magalee.
“We recognized that we have common missions and operational objectives and that by working together both organizations will benefit. QPRC has experience with supporting people who are medically frail and those that require wheelchairs, and we work with people with developmental disabilities such as Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and behavioral issues,” says DeNatale.
The affiliation, 18 months in the making, has been approved by both boards, and represents the Agencies working together as a first step toward a merger.
“We will develop a management services agreement that will dictate more formally what we will provide for them and what they will provide for us. The two organizations remain legally and fiscally separate,” says DeNatale.
Magalee added, “When comparing agencies, it is easy to cite areas of overlap in similar services. However, the most appealing aspect is in the distinct strengths wit
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