University Park is home to many companies and organizations providing incredible services to the community of Stockton, CA, and the greater Central Valley. We are excited to highlight Valley Mountain Regional Center (VMRC), which provides support and services to people with developmental disabilities.
VMRC serves individuals with developmental disabilities throughout their lives, providing services and support to participants as well as their families and/or caregivers. In total, they serve over 16,000 people throughout San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Calaveras, Amador, and Tuolumne Counties. University Park is proud to be the location of the organization’s main corporate office and the workplace for nearly 250 of VMRC employees. These employees include all administrative staff, social workers, psychologists, doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and more. If you ever visit the University Park campus, you are likely to see many of the VMRC staff enjoying a walk on the Discovery Trail or having a moment of meditation in the University Park World Peace Rose Garden.
The land in which VMRC is located was formerly a state development center which housed people with developmental disabilities. In 2005, the current VMRC building was opened and it is now a beautiful, state of the art, place of care and compassion, where services are coordinated and provided, but participants are not housed in the facility. This ensures that those with disabilities can live a less restrictive and more independent life. With the support of VMRC, people with disabilities are living in the community and VMRC is grateful to provide important services to those who need, in the comfort of their own home, rather than from an institutionalized facility.
VMRC’s mission is to support participants and their families and/or caregivers, and create better access to the community so that those with disabilities can live normal lives. VMRC caters to the unique needs and desires of each participant, providing options for different lifestyles and challenges. There are services for those who can comfortably live alone, services for groups of individuals who would prefer to live together, and services for those who have a family member in their home with a developmental disability.
University Park is grateful to have Valley Mountain Regional Center on the campus. The University Park team recognizes the important work VMRC does, especially improving the lives of those with developmental disabilities and the people they love in the community.