RISING TO THE CHALLENGE
Cumberland Residential and Employment Services and Training
CREST believes that each individual has the right to establish and maintain, alone or with the help of friends,
family and natural supports, a lifestyle of their choice in the community.
We support people’s rights to self-determination by honoring their individual choices.
CREST believes that each person we serve is a whole person, with unique gifts,
capacities, preferences and dreams.
Getting to know the person as an individual is essential.
It will take time and require careful listening, but it is worth it.
CREST believes that each person, as a citizen, is a valuable part of the community.
Their contribution is expressed through their presence and participation in community life.
We believe in the gifts and capacity of each individual and encourage their
full development and free expression.
CREST believes that relationships are what connect all people to their communities.
We believe that each community has the capacity to accept
and include all of its members,
regardless of their differences, and that the quality of the
community is enriched by the diversity of its members.
Participation in the community allows each member to realize their
interdependence with one another.
Finally, CREST believes that the responsibility of the service system
is to support the people that it serves.
Our fundamental role is to support the individual
in their goals as independently as possible. We recognize
that the support provided must be responsive to the individual. Therefore,
creativity and flexibility are essential and must be encouraged and rewarded.