“To serve children and adults with special needs so that they may develop a sense of dignity, a feeling of self-worth, and the skills necessary to socially integrate with and contribute to the community in which they live.”
About The Mary Lee Foundation
The Mary Lee Foundation, founded in 1963 by Charlene Crump, inspires and involves persons with disabilities through programs, advocacy, and education. Today, the Mary Lee Foundation is as strong as ever, continually adding or expanding new programs and services, and expanding our reach to the disabled across our nation. We are a community of people from all walks of life with the passion to help the less fortunate and to provide care and compassion to all we serve.
The Mary Lee Foundation is a private, non-profit 501 (c)(3) service provider, specializing in residential treatment and vocational services for persons with disabilities. It is governed by a Board of Directors whose members are actively involved with the organization. The Mary Lee Foundation pioneered the initiative to de-institutionalize and, therefore normalize the lives of intellectually disabled clients from state schools giving them the opportunity to live, learn, and work in the community.
Charlene Crump – Director and Founder of Mary Lee Foundation is still very active and very much in charge at Mary Lee Foundation. She provides overall supervision of the affordable housing program and physical maintenance of property and is also Administrator of the Mary Lee Foundation Rehabilitation Center that provides the services to adult survivors of brain injury.
She has been recognized for her contributions to children and the disabled by Governor Preston Smith, Lt. Governor Bill Hobby, Governor Bill Clements, Comptroller Carole Strayhorn and most recently by Governor Rick Perry and President George W. Bush. Charlene was awarded the Governor’s Committee on Disabilities outstanding person of the year award in 2001.
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