At Wall Residences, our purpose is to support people to live the lives they find meaningful and fulfilling. We do this through a focus on Person Centered Practices, which looks at what is important to a person in their life (their relationships, things they want to do, places they want to go) and helping them finding balance between that and with what is important for their well-being (staying healthy and safe, as well as being a valued member of their community). We strive to enable and encourage those we support to reach for the stars to make their own dreams come true.
Wall Residences provides residential support to individuals ages five to 90 and over with a diagnosis of intellectual disabilities (ID Waiver / Comprehensive Services Act funding), mental illness (Discharge Assistance Planning funding) and/or other developmental disability (DD Waiver funding).
The founders of the organization are Jack Wall, M.Ed and Kamala Bauers, LCSW. Jack worked as the Director of Mental Retardation Services for two Virginia Community Services Boards and had over 25 years of experience in the field before founding this agency. Kamala Bauers comes to this work primarily as a sister of an individual with significant support needs.
The primary focus of Wall Residences since the beginning is to provide a service around the needs of the individual who receives services, instead of making an individual fit into an existing service setting. The individuals we support sometimes choose to participate in a traditional day program or workshop, but often, they are provided an individualized schedule of community participation opportunities with the support of their residential support provider. These include paid work, volunteer work, and becoming a regular at the local YMCA, park, or coffee shop. Our job is to explore with the individual and the natural family what works / doesn’t work in supporting the individual and to work together to put together a daily routine that works for the person. We work very hard to create “ordinary” lives for the people we support. It is important that people have meaningful activity and relationships with others in their day to day lives.
The family providers that work with Wall Residences are the best in the state. Often they are people who have years of experience in the field in other service settings and are excited about the opportunity to really make a difference. Our family providers are evaluated to determine that they have the necessary commitment to share their lives with an individual with significant support needs. They are highly qualified and committed to the individuals they support and attend Continuing Education Training each year. We currently are working with over 140 family provider homes in many parts of the state and have plans to expand our services to additional areas.
Wall Residences Program Managers are experienced professionals who are provided significant training and access to state resources. They visit each service site each month and assure licensure, human rights and Medicaid compliance. They are available to provide support to the individuals, natural families and the professional family providers who work with Wall Residences.