Yarmouth Association for Community Residential Options (YACRO) exists to support, in residential settings, people with disabilities. We believe that everyone has a right to live in the community and be regarded as individuals, deserving of the opportunity to grow and develop to their fullest potential, and to find and be included in the life of their community.
The people we support are often very vulnerable. Sometimes this vulnerability has evolved from having very little or no control in their lives, being taught to be compliant in all aspects of daily living and developing very little sense of personal capabilities. Our mandate is to discover and provide the supports required to assist people in finding their own sense of personal power. Due to the vulnerability of the people we support, we must make every effort to provide a stable environment where people feel at home, safe, and can learn to trust the people around them. It is only in this type of environment that people can be encouraged to explore and become aware of their potential as human beings.
Our objective is to provide a setting structured to help support the individual as he/she requires. We accept people as whole individuals and do not believe there is something wrong with them that needs to be fixed. We wish to support people by providing trusting relationships and nurturing environments. Many of the people we support have learned many coping and defense mechanisms to help keep themselves safe. We believe that all actions are forms of communication and it is our duty to learn what people are communicating through their actions and words, thus understanding and supporting their needs.
The people we support are adults and children who bring with them a lifetime full of various experiences. Many times people have not been encouraged, or allowed, to grow emotionally, spiritually, or intellectually and sometimes actions are not consistent with age. However, we always remember that the people we support are individuals who have specific support needs and the right to self expression.
To be able to support people within our Organization, we must be aware of their rights, their life experiences, their vulnerability, and their support needs. We must strive to create an environment which is based upon mutual understanding and respect, one which allows people to maintain their individuality, grow as human beings and always allows for varied forms of self expression.