Holistic care approach based upon the 3 pillars of Personalism

honoring the inherent dignity of each and every person

assuming personal and moral responsibility

embracing subsidiarity


We are looking to support not only people with DD but also their families who often suffer from the incredible stress of caring for their family members isolated in their homes. Trying to navigate and fight a system while in the midst of isolated crisis is too much for any person to manage. We are here to help.


  • We nurture human potential

  • We develop innovative and effective solutions

  • We partner with families and communities

  • We look to a holistic care approach

  • We build on an individual’s strengths


Information regarding care and support needs of our most vulnerable is often biased towards “community” or “institution” and it seems that choice and individuality of the person are forgotten.    

We need to look at how various aspects of one’s life intersect to improve their quality of life and give meaning to their life.  Access to appropriate healthcare is extremely important and is often forgotten by the systems that provide social welfare. 

We support a continuum of care which looks at individual, family and community strengths to promote health, safety, relationships and quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities. 

We realize and understand the diversity this population experiences.  Everyone is different and may have a variety of support needs in order to maintain their health and safety.  Community means relationships and we realize that there are also a variety of community settings which people call home.  We are not advocating for one setting over another but for the setting which the person chooses and one which promotes their health and safety. 

We want people to understand that there are many models  – inclusion is one model.  It is a good model but it may not be the best for everyone.  We, as family members and community members, must look at what works for each individual and allow choices to be made.

Things I Mean to Know 



This site is maintained by volunteer effort. Resources on this site have been researched and cited by author and/or collected from families and individuals.  We reserve the right to exclude or include any resource or information.

All documents cited are from public record unless otherwise noted.

Because We Care – Beyond Inclusion is my personal volunteer project.  If you would like to donate I ask that you donate to one of the following three organizations:

Alpha Supported Living Services

16030 Juanita-Woodinville Way NE
Bothell, WA 98011

18912 N Creek Parkway, Ste 200
Bothell, WA 98011

t 206 284 9130 | f 425 420 1133


12550 Aurora Avenue North

Seattle, WA 98133

Phone: 206.363.7303

PROVAIL is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization. Tax ID # 91-0593488
Donations made to PROVAIL are tax deductible to the full the extent of the law.

Coalition for Community Choice





5 comments on “About

  1. Chris Clark says:

    Thanks for carefully-presented evaluations needed for community discussion and decisions. I found your site at: FB page for Washington State Democrats Disabilities Issues

    Reminds me of former Troubleshooters’ We Care Enough!


  2. bonneje says:

    I really appreciate your web site– just found it. I am a teacher who has been involved in all aspects of issues both in my teaching and as a respite care provider at one time. For quite awhile I have been trying to communicate that there is no:”ONE SIZE FITS ALL” for any particular group of people and that the best stance is the continuum of services. Thanks for your great information and comments.


  3. Harris Capps says:

    I just signed up for your blog. Two questions if you don’t mind…- I don’t understand, “embracing subsidiarity”… could you explain? – Are you aware of the “VOR” organization? (www.vor.net)


    • Thank you for your comment – subsidiarity means to take care of problems at the lowest or least central authority – meaning let the person/family decide and move up the “chain of command” as needed rather than all decisions being made at the top and all people below that need to follow those rules. You can take a look at this link for more information on social teaching.

      Yes, I am a member of VOR too. Thank you again for your questions.


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