It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years!
In 2005, Paul Saulino and Marian Frattarola-Saulino created Values Into Action – not from a corporate office, but from their own home, their own kitchen table. They didn’t use disability services’ funds, but pooled their own resources. Without a single government contract or referral, Paul and Marian began offering people and their families an alternative to the standard system of services, which often meant people had to leave their homes, their families, and their communities. Instead, Paul and Marian built an organization that could help people determine their own life course.
“People with disabilities tend to be stereotyped, and the system homogenizes them,” says Frattarola-Saulino. "Our focus is on ‘YOU.’ We follow each person’s lead, and provide them what they want depending on their goals and needs.”
Over the last decade, the 501c3 non-profit organization has helped countless people in Pennsylvania and New Jersey find meaningful employment, safe and accessible housing, opportunities to establish and cultivate friendships, and ways to contribute to their communities.Values Into Action has also grown to provide enriching employment for 150 highly-skilled, dedicated employees, who bring customized services and individualized care for each person they serve.
Frattarola-Saulino reflects upon the beginnings of Values Into Action.
“We knew a lot of people who needed our assistance at the company we both worked previously, and built great relationships with them. Those courageous people chose to follow us as we built Values Into Action,” she says. “They wanted more control over their lives and didn’t feel they were fitting in well anywhere else, so we helped them realize their goals.”
The community welcomed Values Into Action from day one, and continues to applaud the organization’s mission.
“Other community organizations who share the same philosophy as us have supported Values Into Action, and we’ve worked closely with those groups to create comprehensive services and supports for the people we serve,” says Frattarola-Saulino.
Values Into Action will celebrate their 10th anniversary during events throughout the year, so be sure to stay tuned for more details!
Paul and Marian would like to extend a special thank you…
…To everyone who wished us well, sent good energy our way, encouraged, assisted, debated, questioned and otherwise committed to the cause, we are eternally grateful and appreciative. This includes people we know who are not actively engaged with us today but for whom we could not have done this: Jane Griffin, Lisa Wamai, Ruth Coleman, Jean Searle, Michelle Thompson, Jackie Culbertson, Susan Shull, Helga Krauss and the Stencler Family.
…To those who are no longer living but will forever remain alive in our hearts and spirit: Paul Clarke, Thom Cramner. and Avelena Dean. Thank you.
…To those who remain, we are in debt to you for your continued guidance and support: Lynne Seagle, Nancy Weiss, David Pitnoyak, Christine Austin, Ginny Focht-New, Edmond Tiryak, Bob McCaffery, Beth Barol, Peter Wadum Buhl, AnnMarie Campbell, Emilio Pacheco and other trusted compatriots. You know who you are.
…To our funders, especially Kathy Sykes and Larry Pace, and to the vendors who have supported our efforts, we thank you.
…To the tireless advocates, including our colleagues and friends at Vision for Equality and the Arc of Delaware County, we are honored to stand and sit alongside you in this fight for equal opportunity and civil rights for all of us.
…And most important, to those who continue to put their trust in us and accept our support and to their families. We wouldn’t be here without you.
…To those we have yet to meet, we look forward to a bright future where our actions truly will speak louder than our words.