About Us

Our  Mission

To serve adults with special needs so that they may develop a sense of dignity, a sense of self worth, and the skills necessary to socially integrate with and contribute to the community in which they live.

About  Our  Foundation

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.

The Square

Over the many decades, the Mary Lee Foundation has come to own and occupy a city block of property on Lamar Square Drive known as “The Square” that includes a community park with picnic tables and gazebo and 14 buildings which house:

  • Licensed programs for adults with developmental and intellectually disabilities
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation Center specializing in Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation
  • 213 affordable apartments and leasing office
  • Administrative offices
  • Food Pantry
  • Case managers and medication management for clients not served by licensed programs
  • Community building
  • Adult day habilitation center
  • Meeting space for 501(c)(3) organizations compatible with the Foundation’s goals

Licensed programs for the intellectually disabled and brain injured use 45 apartments on The Square, 191 apartments are reserved for near homeless/low-income individuals and 22 are reserved for low-income individuals age 62 and older.  Many of these apartments are wheelchair accessible and others are adapted for vision and hearing loss as needed.  Approximately 450 individuals are served annually through our housing or services.

The Square’s geographic location provides easy access to jobs, shopping, community resources, and true independence.