Frequently Asked Questions
How can you operate as a Christian non-profit and still provide services under state programs?
As a Christian organization, we maintain Biblical values and ethics. We also have hired predominantly people who share our beliefs. We do not prohibit our services from individuals who do not share our beliefs, therefore, we are not discriminating against those we serve. In fact, we believe that our compassionate, caring services are a testimony of Jesus Christ to the community around us. Additionally, there are many families, who are specifically looking for an organization such as ours because of the strong moral and ethical reputation we have developed over the years. As an interesting note, California state regulations state that service providers must provide a means for their clients to access religious participation in the community. We are ready and willing to uphold and encourage that right for our clients that so desire.
What are the most common needs of the clients Oaks serves?
The vast majority of our clients are in need of supports for basic life skills in such areas as; financial management, shopping, housekeeping, arrangements for medical care, etc. Our staff is busy taking care of these type of needs every day. Beyond these basic needs, the biggest gap is for our clients to have meaningful friendships and to be included in their respective communities. Due to difficulties in communication, understanding, and transportation, many of our clients are not able to participate in the typical social functions that their peers do. Although we are able to provide part of these needs we are not able to provide for them at all times.
What is a developmental disability?
The term developmental disability is used to describe those conditions which a person acquires before typical complete adult development. Usually, these conditions are evident from birth. Specifically, there are five diagnoses that qualify a person for services under the California Department of Developmental Services. They are 1) intellectual disability, 2) cerebral palsy, 3) epilepsy, 4) autism, and 5) disabling conditions requiring similar treatment.