Rick Glaser Celebrates 25 Years at CHANGE, Inc.
Congratulations to Rick Glaser as he celebrates 25 years of service at CHANGE, Inc. Rick started with CHANGE in 1987 and has been the longest standing Executive Director for the agency. Over his 25 years of service Rick has lead CHANGE to initiating many cutting edge programs.
In 1987 CHANGE started Supported Employment Services where several CHANGE clients gained employment by local businesses doing various jobs. A variety of activities are offered, including volunteer and paid work opportunities.
In 1988 CHANGE initiated Family and Individual Support Services which assist families of children (up to age 21) who have developmental disabilities. Individual Support Services are geared toward people over 21 years of age and address the many needs of adults – medical, financial, social and housing.
In 1991 Rick supervised the construction of the current facility located at 115 Stoner Avenue. Along with large program areas, an indoor therapy pool and hot tub were also included. Rick also incorporated a circular design to the building so that clients could more easily move around the building without fear of getting lost.
In 1992 Rick encouraged the adoption of the new name CHANGE, Inc. (formerly Carroll Haven). The new name more accurately reflected the agency’s philosophy. Always evolving, always changing, always for the better of the clients.
In 1994, the state began to fund Community Supported Living Arrangements (CSLA) as an alternative to group homes and Alternative Living Units. Under Rick’s leadership, the Support Services Department of CHANGE established the first CSLA program in the county.
In 2004, once again under Rick’s leadership, CHANGE established Carroll County’s first and only Respite Inn. The Respite Inn offers families and caregivers a break from the ongoing responsibility of caring for a family member with a disability. And, it provides the individual with a break from their families, and an opportunity to make new friends, and enjoy new activities.
Rick also sits on the Board for MS House as well as the Maryland Association of Community Services.
Spending 25 years leading one organization is a remarkable achievement. It means that a person has made a commitment to the vision and mission of the organization as well as to the staff and to the people the organization serves. We are grateful that Rick has dedicated so much of his life to CHANGE and look forward to many more years under his leadership.