KenCCID Founding Members

KenCCID founding members (1974) signing KenCCID’s Incorporation. Seated is Mrs. Ruth Frank; Standing from left to right are Teresa Vanderwoude, Barbara Bortell, Ellie Farsteinberg and Joan Hecht

Kensington Community Corporation for Individual Dignity was conceptualized by several Philadelphia Families from the Kensington area of the city, some of whom had family members who were developmentally disabled. At the time of its founding, the era of court ordered de-institutionalization for the mentally ill into boarding homes and other unsupported environments was just beginning. Recognizing a need for services, these concerned Kensington residents worked diligently to form a non-profit corporation that would provide the quality lifestyle their loved ones deserved.

The charter for the Agency was signed in 1974, with its first Community Living Arrangement (CLA) opening in 1977.  At the time of its opening, KenCCID welcomed three individuals from families and three from the infamous Pennhurst state institution (see video). The agency designed its support under the principles of Normalization and later enhanced their services with Person Centered Planning using Personal Outcome Measures.

Since then, KenCCID has worked diligently to provide people with developmental and intellectual disabilities the skills necessary to achieve the outcomes they want in their lives. The people we support are encouraged to provide for their own self-care, become responsible citizens and live a quality life as independently as possible.

Maku Warrakah-Ali

Maku Warrakah-AliA Message from the Executive Director

From the very beginning, the founding members of KenCCID’s purpose was to support people served to achieve their full potential through access to quality services and supports. To assure people have choices in their personal lives and a full range of services be made available to promote independence and enhance their daily lives.

KenCCID continues to improve its services while developing new programs to assist individuals to become active members of their community.