Chimes Delaware celebrates 20 years of service to people with disabilities

March 16, 2014

Chimes Delaware, a nonprofit provider of community services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is celebrating 20 years of service in the First State.

Chimes Delaware was founded in March 1994 when the state’s Divi­sion of Developmental Disabilities Services requested that Chimes, a not-for-profit agency based in Baltimore, Md., offer residential and day services to people with severe disabilities and challenging behaviors, primarily Autism Spectrum Disorders and Prad­er-Willi Syndrome. At its inception, Chimes Delaware served 71 individuals. Today, it serves more than 500.

“Our guiding principle at Chimes is to help people with disabilities live their lives to their fullest potential,” said Marty Lampner, president and CEO of Chimes International, the parent organization of Chimes Delaware. “We are proud to look back on the past two decades and see so many success stories where Chimes offered a set of essential services that made a remarkable difference in the lives of people with disabilities and their families.”

Today, Chimes is one of Delaware’s largest providers of community services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and co-occurring disabilities with programs operating statewide in all three counties. It offers a full range of residential, day habilitation and employment services. Employment professionals are available to support work opportunities, both facility-based and in the community. Program participants also have ample opportunities to enjoy community leisure and recreational activities with staff support.

Chimes Delaware’s programs focus on how a person wants to live and work, with services and supports organized around the person’s needs, preferences and choices. Using a multidisciplinary team approach, staff works with the participants, their families and advocates, and establishes an Essential Lifestyle Plan. Each plan includes personal goals for the participant and corresponding action items for achieving them. Plans are dynamic and evolve as the person moves through life, with changing needs, interests and priorities.
Series of events set to celebrate 20 years

Chimes Delaware will be commemorating its 20th anniversary with a series of events throughout the year, the first of which is a June 2 golf outing at Fieldstone Golf Club in Greenville.

In addition, Chimes Delaware will be hosting a series of open houses at its facilities in Newark, Dover and the newly opened Levin Center in Millsboro. Dates and details of the events will be released this spring.

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