Our Early Years
During the company’s early years it played a major advocacy role in both the passage of federal law giving children with disabilities legal access to public education and the passage of the American with Disabilities Act granting legal rights to all people with disabilities. Witco continues to be recognized as a powerful vocal advocate representing citizens with disabilities on a local, state and federal level.
Witco was the very first comprehensive community rehabilitation program in the Treasure Valley. The term comprehensive in this context refers to both the broad spectrum of disability groups served as well as the vast array of services offered.
How We Have Grown
In 1990, Witco’s service area expanded to include Eastern Oregon. Today Witco covers a ten county area in Idaho and Oregon and serves up to 800 adults and children each year. Program sites are located in Boise, Caldwell, Nampa, Mountain Home, Ontario, and Fruitland. Outreach, home, and community based services are provided in surrounding towns and communities.
From a small start with one paid employee, a volunteer, and a student intern, Witco has grown to be a vibrant organization with approximately 100 employees and an annual budget of over $4 million. Witco has the honor of having received the gold standard CARF accreditation for over 30 years. It is the only fully CARF accredited comprehensive community rehabilitation in the Treasure Valley.
The dream continues, and the voices of those we serve will continue to drive the organization.
How We Do It
Through vocational training, community employment, day services, advocacy, arts, and social recreation, citizens with severe disabilities are able to find new friends, realize future career paths, and seek independence and community integration. Witco also teaches self-help and socialization skills and makes available various therapies for its consumers such as speech, hearing, and medical assistance.
As a not-for-profit corporation, Witco is unique in that it receives no direct subsidy from government or from national affiliations. The company earns its revenue from service and sales with occasional assistance from community-sponsored events such as the Witco Annual Golf Tournament. Governed by an extremely competent and far-sighted Board of Directors who volunteer their time and effort, Witco is truly a product of our community and an asset in which we can all take pride. Few communities have progressed so far in genuinely addressing the needs of those with disabilities!