Community Residences began in 1975 when a group of Arlington families, faith groups and government leaders worked with Arlington County to charter an independent nonprofit agency that would bring together and expand efforts to help people with mental health and/or developmental disabilities.

At its outset, Arlington Community Residences (as it was initially known) stood at the forefront of the growing community integration movement. This grass-roots, family-driven effort sought to create community-based alternatives to the institutionalization of people with mental health or intellectual disabilities. Arlington Community Residences brought together a few existing group homes and started several new homes so that Arlington resident with disabilities could live close to and regularly interact with family, friends and and neighbors.

As the community integration movement grew and the demand for community-based alternatives expanded, Arlington Community Residences became Community Residences when services were initiated throughout Northern Virginia, the Richmond area, and in Maryland. Expansion was not only geographic; CR also began to offer case management and transitional support for people who were homeless, residential youth services, day programs for adult with developmental disabilities, and home-based clinical and practical support for people living on their own.

Over the past four decades, thousands of individuals have been supported by CR. That tradition continues with individualized support providing for fulfilling, high-quality lives of maximum independence.

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