For teenagers with developmental and intellectual disabilities, services begin with the school system – and end when students “age out” of the system at 21. Potomac Community Resources steps in at this key moment, providing therapeutic, community-based programs in arts, fitness, and communications that enable the full inclusion of those with developmental differences into community life. Inclusive basketball welcomes 50 sports enthusiasts of all abilities; a 20-person chorus fosters a love of music and ability to follow cues and rhythm; Communication Counts covers basic and advanced social skills; Phabulous Photographers teaches technical skills and encourages self-expression. A respite care program provides therapeutic activities and nursing support for people with most profound disabilities who are medically fragile, while social clubs unite adults from around the region – and are key to preventing loneliness. PCR also educates and aids families as their children transition to adulthood, and offers much-needed relief to caregivers. Knowing the difference this program has made, PCR works with other communities to replicate the model – and increase the impact. You can do the same.
Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County
Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County
Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)
Population(s) Served: Disabled
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- Number of programs throughout Montgomery County, MD:
Awards & Recognition
The Maryland Respite Care Coalition Outstanding Respite Care Provider Organization Award, 2004
The Arc of Montgomery County Community Service Award, 2005
The County Executive of Montgomery County Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation, 2009 and 1998
Maryland Recreation and Parks Association's Innovative Program Award, 2011
A formal study of PCR undertaken in 2009 by the Montgomery County Department of Health & Human Services Planning, Accountability and Customer Service Community Review Program. PCR received the highest ratings possible (“exceeding expectations”) from the Community Review for its innovative therapeutic programs. PCR was recognized as “the only program of its kind in the County” and that “families count on PCR for critical programs/support.”
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- The current budget for Potomac Community Resources is: $500k to $1 million
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