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About OHI

OHI History

OHI is a Maine-based, public nonprofit organization providing supports and services to people with intellectual disabilities, autism and mental illness for the past 35 years. With offices in the greater Bangor area, specifically in the towns of Hermon and Brewer, OHI currently supports about 400 people in six Maine counties. OHI provides 24-hour residential services and various community services for people to live productively in their communities.

OHI also provides permanent housing in Bangor and Brewer for adults with disabilities, and professional development training for people, including family members, caregivers and support workers. In November 2013, OHI opened the Brewer Area Food Pantry as both a means to meet a growing need and to give back to a community which the people it supports rely upon.

OHI strongly believes in providing person-specific intellectual disability and mental health services tailored to the specific needs and desires of the person supported.

Everything Is Possible

Our fundamental philosophy – Everything is Possible – drives the manner and method in which we operate, and provide supports and services to people in the greater Bangor area and five other Maine counties. We believe everyone can be successful and happy with the right quality of supports and the right combination of services. We must value the unlimited possibilities of everyone’s potential to learn, develop and grow. Our eight values associated with our philosophy capture the essence of our organization and employees.

Choice Is Essential

We believe everyone should be supported to achieve a quality of life that meets individual goals and realizes lifelong dreams. We believe everyone should choose and design their own lifestyle with the support of people of their choice.

Rights Must Be Protected

We believe in providing opportunities for everyone to enjoy a fulfilling private and social life, free from ridicule, embarrassment and discrimination. We believe each child and adult is a person first and must always be treated with respect and dignity.

Community Participation Is Empowering

We believe everyone should be fully included, participatory members of their neighborhoods and communities. We believe everyone should be encouraged to actively participate is the events and life of their communities through civic organizations, religious groups, cultural events, educational opportunities and political action.

Professional Employees Are a Key to Our Success

We believe OHI employees, volunteers and contractors are our greatest asset and the value of each is immeasurable. We believe all OHI employees, volunteers and contractors are professionals and must be multifaceted, well trained, flexible and ethical.

A Positive Outlook Is Crucial

We believe a positive attitude, positive thinking and a positive work environment is essential to the well-being of people OHI supports, its employees, volunteers and contractors, and the organization as a whole.

Professional Development, Education Impact the Future

We believe we must continually educate the people we support, family members, guardians, correspondents, volunteers, neighbors, community members and employers of the people we support. We believe OHI staff, volunteers and contractors must be knowledgeable about and contribute to local, regional, national and global trends in public policy, program, research and funding in the disability field.

Safety Is Imperative

We believe everyone should be supported to make educated, safe, healthy, legal and reasonable informed choices about all aspects of life. We believe in promoting a safe and healthy atmosphere for people OHI supports and for its employees, volunteers and contractors.

Continuous Quality Improvement Is Vital To Our Mission

We believe in providing the highest quality of supports. We believe we must continually strive to improve in everything we do. We believe human potential is boundless. We believe we must continually re-dedicate ourselves to our vision, mission and philosophy.