Unlimited for People With Differing Abilities, Inc.
incorporated in September 1996 and secured status from
the IRS as a 501 (c) (3) not for profit entity later
principals of the company, Linda Ward, Marilyn Drummond and
Michelle Hayes bringing a total of over 50 years experience
of providing services to people with differing abilities and
having worked at a larger organization determined there was
an underserved population whose needs would be better met in
a smaller, more personalized environment. This population
included people who are “classified” as dually diagnosed
i.e. a developmental disability coupled with a psychiatric
diagnosis and/or behavioral concerns.
support and encouragement of the State Department of Mental
Health, Retardation and Hospitals, Opportunities Unlimited,
Inc. was certified as a provider of services and opened for
business on January 7, 1997. Our original intent was to
provide services and supports to individuals in their own or
family’s home. That intent soon expanded when in June 1997
we were asked to provide 24 hour supports to a young man in
his own home. In August 1997 that need became a reality and
our first “group” living situation began.
thereafter, we were asked to develop a program for a young
woman moving back from an out of state placement and so the
agency’s second “group” living situation developed in June
1998. Each of our current eleven 24-hour supported
homes/apartments have developed from specific needs of each
individual and are located in various communities often
times in the person’s own community. The agency also
supports people who live in their own homes or with family.
We pride ourselves on this individualized approach to
developing and delivering services and supports.
In 1999, in
response to the need of one of the women we were supporting
residentially, the agency began offering community based day
services. This program has expanded since its inception and
continues to offer individualized services based on
interests of the person engaged. In 2008, the agency
responding to the desire of the people being supported
became certified as an ORS (Office of Rehabilitative
We have a long
history of working cooperatively with families, other
agencies (both in and out of our service system) and the
community. We sponsor and support people to participate in a
variety of activities - the Advocates in Action Leadership
series and local self advocacy groups. We have participated
in the statewide self advocacy annual meetings as well as at
the “Celebration “– sponsored by the local chapter of the
Alliance for Full Participation.
strongly in giving back to the community and have
demonstrated this through holding blood drives at least
annually, participating in the Making Strides for Breast
cancer Walk ( for the last 6 years) and food drives for the
RI Community Food Bank. The people we support and our
employees take great pride in what they do and how they give
back to their local community.
We are a
constantly developing organization responding to the ever
changing needs of those we currently support and planning
for the needs of the future. The needs, desires and dreams
of those we support will always drive what it is we do and
the implementation of our mission - SUPPORTING PEOPLE TO
LEAD RICH AND FULFILLING LIVES!