Valley Residential Services (VRS) serves up to 80 clients with developmental disabilities in Walla Walla and Columbia counties through the Supported Living program.
Valley Residential Services was incorporated in January 1982 after separating from the now defunct ARC of Walla Walla. At that time, VRS operated a 20 bed group home, which housed people with developmental disabilities, as well as a program that served people with developmental disabilities living in their own residences. In 1984, VRS closed its large group home, moving clients into their own homes. Those with intensive needs lived in groups of four, and those who were more independent lived alone or with up to two roommates.
VRS defines developmental disabilities as any significant disability arising before adulthood and which is expected to continue for the person’s lifetime. There are many conditions that meet this broad definition, including, but not limited to, autism, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Down Syndrome. Depending on their needs, each client receives anywhere from one to 24 hours of staff support daily. Personalized support focuses on the goals in each client’s Person-Centered Plan and can include assistance in any or all of the following areas: problem solving, self care, health and safety, home maintenance, food and nutrition, shopping, money management, leisure activities and accessing community resources.
Services are conducted under contract with the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS) Division of Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).
How to Receive Services (Referrals)
Individuals receiving Supported Living services from Valley Residential Services must receive a referral from:
Developmental Disabilities Administration
206 W. Poplar St.
Walla Walla, WA 99362