ABLE, Inc., standing for, “A Brighter Living Experience,” has been providing residential care to people with developmental disabilities within Houston County for over 30 years. First named Houston County Group Homes, the 501c 3 non-profit corporation began as a grass roots effort by concerned parents who sought an alternative to sending their loved ones with disabilities to state institutions or keeping them out of the public eye. ABLE focuses on enhancing the lives of the people it supports by promoting their uniqueness and building their self esteem and independence in a safe and comfortable environment. At ABLE, employees are united in the belief that people with disabilities are best served by those who value them as individuals, fellow community members and friends.
The first group home opened in Caledonia in 1980, with the intermediate care facility in La Crescent opening shortly after in 1982. In the intervening 30 years, Houston County Group Homes opened 15 single family homes, an additional intermediate care facility in Houston, and expanded services.
The agency now provides services to over 110 individuals through its’ two Intermediate Care Facilities, 15 single family homes, community-based programs and Teaching and Recreation Centers.
ABLE provides a broad range of services that enable people to pursue their dreams within their own homes or in one of the many homes located in Caledonia, La Crescent, Houston, and Spring Grove. The services provided by ABLE encourage individuals to participate in decisions and choices which affect their daily lives. ABLE helps each person maintain independence and gain a sense of self-direction, while ensuring that a reliable and nurturing support network is available. Depending on the individual’s need for companionship, instruction and supervision, services may vary from a one hour visit a week to a full twenty-four hours a day.