VALLEYLIFE is committed to supporting the individual goals of each and every one of our Member's.

Residential Program

The goal of the residential program is to provide a safe and healthy home environment for disabled members of our community in need of this service.  Our group homes functions like a traditional family home.  Members and staff prepare and enjoy meals together, go on outings, and support each other. Activities such as movie night, weekend BBQs and birthday parties are regular occurrences. Each Member is encouraged to decorate their personal living space and participate in the planning of events and activities in the home.

VALLEYLIFE currently operates 25 residential group homes located throughout the Greater Phoenix area. These homes are permanent residences for persons with disabilities and each provides a home environment for 3 to 6 residents. All properties are barrier free and designed to accommodate the physical needs of those who reside there.

VALLEYLIFE housing is licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Programs (AZDHS) and is monitored by the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). Our homes are staffed 24/7 with professional, highly trained employees who support the organizations ongoing effort to encourage independence, improve social interactions, and monitor complex medical needs. In addition, each home is equipped with appropriate vehicles to ensure the safe transportation of our Members daily.

For more information about our Residential Program, please contact our Director of Residential Services, Brenda Redel, via email to bredel@valleylifeaz.org, or by phone at (602) 331-2405.

Adult Day Program

​The focus in our Day Program is to provide a safe and productive environment for members of our community in need of support. The day program offers a variety of activities, all geared toward assisting Members in achieving their individual goals.

VALLEYLIFE currently operates 11 day centers (DTAs) in the Greater Phoenix area. Each center is unique and serves disabled adults who want to improve their independent living, social, and recreational skills. There are a variety of enrichment programs from which to choose at each center including computer training, volunteer services, arts, cooking, and athletic pursuits including bowling, basketball, track and field, softball, and bocce ball. Members are also able to participate in many outings in the community such as library visits, seeing a movie, or going to the zoo or aquarium. Many of our day program Members are involved in Special Olympics programs as well.

Our centers give primary caregivers the peace of mind that comes from knowing their loved one is not only being well taken care of by trained professionals, but is being provided with many opportunities to remain active and to enhance their daily lives.

For more information about our Adult Day Program, please contact our Senior Program Manager, Mary Brannoch, via email to mbrannoch@valleylifeaz.org, or by phone at (602) 331-2415.

Vocational Program

The VALLEYLIFE Vocational Services program supports individuals with disabilities in our community who need assistance obtaining or maintaining employment. We are committed to promoting independence through employment and we believe that job opportunities should be available for everyone who wants to work.

Vocational Services provides support to more than 150 individuals every day in their quest for employment opportunities. Our highly skilled staff offers employment-related services in a supportive setting that encourages independence. Members receive a customized program created specifically to meet their needs.

The Vocational Services program offers a wide range of services designed to help our members navigate employment opportunities, including:

Supported Employment (Job Development & Placement, Support to Maintain Employment)

Supported Employment is an evidence-based practice designed to help individuals with a mental health diagnosis obtain and maintain competitive employment in the community. This method involves job search, development and coaching from employment specialists.

Basics of Supported Employment:

  • Services are focused on competitive employment in the community.
  • Eligibility is based on member choice.
  • Rapid job search occurs.
  • Vocational services are integrated with clinical services.
  • Vocational goals are based on member preferences, strengths, abilities and experiences.
  • Time unlimited and individualized support is provided.
  • Benefits counseling is provided.
  • Member in the community at a location that is convenient for the consumer.

Supported Employment services are available to people referred by Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care (Maricopa County RBHA).


Work Adjustment Training, Job Development & Placement, Job Coaching/Job Support

Work adjustment training assists members in developing or strengthening the following work-readiness skills:

  • Completing necessary employment forms.
  • Understanding the importance of and maintaining professional hygiene.
  • Understanding expectations for attendance and punctuality.
  • Learning and understanding job duties.
  • Responding to work instructions and accepting direction and supervision.
  • Maintaining physical and mental work stamina/pace.
  • Managing symptoms or effects of disability, tolerating stress and handling time pressure/multi-tasking.
  • Exhibiting appropriate behaviors when interacting with others.

Job development and placement services focus on assisting members in finding and maintaining desired employment in the community. Job development staff works closely with each member to determine strengths, needs and interests in order to obtain and maintain successful employment outcomes.

Once employed, job coaching and job support services are available to promote employment stability and continued success on the job.

These services are available to individuals referred by Vocational Rehabilitation (VR).


Center Based Employment, Group Supported Employment, Individual Supported Employment

Center Based Employment (CBE) services provide a controlled and protected work environment, additional supervision and other support for members engaged in paid work in a production center setting.

Group Supported Employment (GSE) services provide supervision and support in an integrated employment setting in the community. VALLEYLIFE partners with local businesses to provide GSE opportunities in the following areas: restaurant/hospitality, janitorial services, retail, print shop, warehouse and customer service. 

Individual Supported Employment (ISE) services provide job development assistance in matching members with their desired competitive employment setting in the community, as well as time-limited job coaching supports designed to help members maintain successful employment.
 
These services are provided to individuals referred by the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD).


Partnering with Businesses to Meet Employment Needs

Vocational Services partners with many local businesses and organizations that provide not only employment and training opportunities for our members, but provide quality services to the host business or organization as well. VALLEYLIFE is always looking for new community partners for which we can deliver many high-quality services, such as:

  • Janitorial services
  • Landscape maintenance
  • Restaurant services (e.g., silverware rolling, menu assembly, table setting, general cleaning, etc.)
  • Document and printing services
  • Shrink wrapping and shipping preparation
  • Order fulfillment
  • Sorting, kitting, labeling and packaging

We encourage employers to learn more about the benefits of hiring our members. Businesses that partner with VALLEYLIFE can expect to enjoy the following benefits:

  • Workforce recruitment of trained, pre-screened and job-ready workers.
  • Federal tax credits and cost-saving incentives for businesses.
  • Education and awareness training for businesses working with people with disabilities.
  • Employment specialists who are there to work with both employers and employees to help meet goals and enhance success.

We are proud of our training and employment partnerships with local employers and value all our strong affiliations with our funding organization.


Questions/Contact Information

For more information about our vocational program, please contact Jennifer Baier at 602-216-6393 or via email at jbaier@valleylifeaz.org.

Home and Community Based Service

VALLEYLIFE provides in-home support for people with disabilities, or families who need assistance caring for a loved one. The goal of this program is to help individuals remain in a community setting or at home rather than a Long Term Care Facility.

HCBS offers five services:

Habilitation

Outcome-based training which enhances personal skill level in the home or community. Skill training is designed to increase or maintain the individual’s self-help, socialization and adaptive skills in order to reside and participate successfully in his/her own community.

Attendant Care

Provides assistance to attain or maintain safe and sanitary living conditions and/or maintain personal cleanliness and activities of daily living.

Respite

Provides short-term care and supervision, giving respite to the primary caregiver.

Housekeeping

Provides basic household activities to maintain safe and sanitary living conditions.

Companion Care

Provides assistance with daily living activities including meal preparation, errands and shopping. Live-in, live-out or sleep-over care is available as well as temporary or long term care on weekends and holidays.

For more information about our Home and Community Based Services Program, please contact Brenda Redel at bredel@valleylifeaz.org or (602) 331-2405.

Williams Express Document & Print Service

​Williams Express, VALLEYLIFE’s professional printing center in Tempe, serves as an educational and training facility for individuals with disabilities. More than 100 individuals have benefited from this training program. Williams Express is a full service print and copy center that offers a variety of services including digital color printing, offset printing, spot and four color process, on demand printing, electronic prepress and much more. The staff has more than 70 years of experience in the industry. Revenues return to the operations of VALLEYLIFE to support our programs and services.

Visit Williams Express at www.williamsexpress.com.

Eligibility for Programs

​Our programs are primarily funded by the Arizona Department of Economic Security (AZDES), Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), and Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care (MMIC). We also accept private payment for services.

You may contact us for more information about our programs at (602) 371-0806.  For more information about state or federal funding, you may contact the DES Division of Developmental Disabilities directly if you desire at (602) 246-0546.

Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)

Arizona Department of Economic Security (AZDES)

Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care (MMIC)

Meet Our Members

At age 27, my daughter Maria is a beautiful young woman who enjoys life and faces the world with a smile on her face.  Maria was born with Cerebral Palsy, a physical disability that impairs her movement, and must rely on an electric wheelchair and an adaptive speech device for mobility and communication each day.  There is nothing wrong with Maria’s mind, and if you know her, you know that no matter what, she always speaks it.  Her warm personality and bright smile have always won over people’s hearts.

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