Discovery Living, Inc. is a local, non-profit agency that provides residential and day habilitation services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Linn County.
In the mid-1970’s, parents in Linn County who had adult family members with developmental disabilities looked to the future with serious concerns. The local community had a growing variety of specialized programs, but residential services, such as small group homes, were few in number. Those that did exist were already full and had long waiting lists. Concerned groups from the community banded together to find a solution. In 1977, The Knights of Columbus formed a non-profit organization called Discovery Village (which would one day be renamed Discovery Living, Inc.) to meet this need.
Today, Discovery Living serves over 150 people in over 30 locations. Every person served by Discovery Living has an intellectual disability, and most have other conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy, visual or hearing limitations and/or multiple disabilities. The organization employs over 250 staff, most of whom provide direct support for individuals when they are at home and at a day habilitation center.
We strive to be a provider for life and have served many people for more than 20 years, adapting homes and vehicles as their needs change over the course of their lives.