SUPPORTING INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES TO LIVE MEANINGFUL LIVES FOR OVER 25 YEARS
Mitzi Bernard, Executive Director of Bay Community Support Services, Inc., recounts the agency's early days as United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Maryland, Inc. from its inception to creation:
Bay Community Support Services, Inc. (Bay-CSS) has been providing services to people with disabilities in Southern and Central Maryland since 1989. The agency has grown and evolved through the years.
Starting as a Service Committee of United Cerebral Palsy of Maryland (UCP of MD) in 1989, services were offered to people in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's Counties. A very dedicated group of incredible volunteers, and a few staff members of UCP of MD got together and began the process of creating United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Maryland (UCP of So. MD). Through these efforts, the UCP of So. MD "Service Committee" was born. Working under the auspices of UCP of MD, board members were recruited, By-Laws were written, a 501(c)(3) non-profit status was obtained, an incorporation designation was established, licenses were applied for, and many new policies and procedures were written. It was a great effort by a lot of wonderful people who believed in the cause.
One person needs to be pointed out whose dedication and selfless efforts helped pave the way for the creation of the new organization, and that was Richard "Dick" Kommers. Dick, an attorney who also happens to also have cerebral palsy, volunteered countless hours to help the agency move forward. His assistance was invaluable in building the company from the ground up. Dick served as UCP of So. MD's Board President for many years and he still volunteers on the Professional Services Program Committee, continuing to help write policies and procedures. Dick is owed a huge debt of gratitude! He truly did and still does change lives.
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