A Vision Realized
In April of 1994, ground was broken for the first Day Spring residences on Illinois Avenue in Louisville. The mayor declared April 7th Day Spring Recognition Day!
It was the culmination of years of work by parents of children with developmental disabilities, led by Jack and Gladys Ford. Their tenacity and vision brought together contributions and support from HUD, the Kentucky State Legislature, the City of Louisville and Board of Alderman, the Archdiocese of Louisville, Seven County Services, New Directions Housing, and others to create a very special place: Day Spring.
For parents, Day Spring answered the question "What is next for my son or daughter?" And for those sons and daughters, who desired to live a life of their own and to share that life with their friends in community, it answered "What is next for me?"
As parents of a child with developmental disabilities, Jack and Gladys saw few alternatives at that time. Most options were in isolated housing or large institutions. What they foresaw was an integrated community not only of residents, but families, board members, volunteers and friends, all striving to support the residents in living as rich and joyful a life as possible. "We will no longer refer to my family or your family," Jack would say, "but rather our Day Spring family."
The Dream Continues
From two original homes, Day Spring has continued to grow and serve increasing numbers of individuals in a variety of residential settings designed to meet each individual’s needs and abilities.
In the fall of 2016, a merger between Day Spring and Community Living, Inc. greatly expanded our capacity to provide services. For a combined 62+ years, Day Spring and Community Living have empowered people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live fulfilling lives. The merger offered an opportunity to operate long-term in a financially sound manner while taking full advantage of the combined strengths and efficiencies of each organization.
Day Spring employs an enthusiastic team of dedicated, well-trained staff who provide high-quality person-centered supports and services for over a hundred adults with developmental disabilities. Our residential options include small group homes, staffed residences, apartment buildings, in-home services, and family home providers. Our programs are person-centered and include 24/7 staff residential support for daily living, transportation assistance, financial management, and community living supports. In 2017, our Center for Innovations launched the College for Living. This new program offers semi-independent living in a safe campus setting that creates a college-like experience while fostering person-centered growth for the transition to more independent living.