History of The Point
For Judi Gerding, President and Founder of The Point, it has been a personal journey to foster a better life for her son, Steve, and other individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (known as I/DD). At a young age, Steve was diagnosed with Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome. In 1972, three parent groups united to form an advocacy group to assist their loved ones diagnosed with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD). Today, that group has evolved into a full service agency whose primary focus is to provide experiences to help them reach their fullest potential. Our history of "filling in the gaps" by creating integrated programs gives individuals with I/DD not only the opportunity to be accepted as contributing members of the community, but provides the self-esteem and pride that we all seek.
In 1982, The Point opened its first social enterprise, The Point Restaurant, to provide vocational training to individuals with I/DD. In 1985, we added The Point Commercial Cleaning Company and Employment Program to provide job training, placement, and lifelong follow-up. The Point Commercial Laundry was established in 1996. In 2012, we opened the doors to The Point Embroidery and Silkscreen Co. (formerly The Point Logo and Design Co.). Our newest social enterprise, Point Perk coffee shop, was opened in 2015 as a way for the community to come in for a feel good cup of coffee and to see our mission in action.
We established our first group home in 1995. We currently own and operate 9 well-maintained homes in beautiful neighborhoods that house nearly 40 residents. We pride ourselves in building Point families. The group homes are located in Campbell, Kenton and Boone Counties.
In 1999, to fill a social void in the lives of those we serves, we began our Point Activities Programs. We have weekly social events, seasonal sports, monthly dances, and vacations. In 2004, to provide community awareness and education for individuals with I/DD, our Point Outreach and Educational programs were established. Today we have educational programs which include social communication, transition programs, and career development. At the end of 2013, we added case management as a way to assist individuals and families with finding resources and services through person centered planning that will support them in achieving their dreams and aspirations.
We serve more than 500 people through our programs and services. We are always looking for new ways to fill in the service gaps and to integrate individuals with I/DD in the community to reach their fullest potential.