Gilmore Center receives 3-year accreditation

Larry Stanford Editor

November 9, 2013

For the third consecutive time, the Gilmore Center, Inc. (GCI) has earned a Three-Year Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The Gilmore Center, Inc. earned the accreditation for its two community employment services – Employment Supports and Job Development, for its community housing program, its community integration program, and its supported living program.

Jim Aaron, Executive Director of GCI, said they were particularly proud of receiving the accreditation for their residential program.

“This is the first year of our residential program, and they could find nothing to make remarks about with it,” said Aaron, who credited Residential Managers Annie Grant and Thomas G. Skurja for the success of the program.

The accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows our organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards,” said Aaron. “An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.”

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body established consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

“We believe our organization is a valuable asset for this community,” said Aaron, “and our CARF accreditation underscores our commitment to the community we serve.”