- Treat everyone with Dignity and Respect
- Empower the Individual
- Build Team Support
- Promote Self-Advocacy
- Support the Elimination of Discrimination
- Value Diversity
- Develop Friendships and Meaningful Relationships
- Embrace Community Inclusion
The Frank Olean Center, Inc. operates on the belief that all persons can achieve regardless of a disability. Also, each person has equal rights and should have opportunities to participate fully in community life. While individuals choose their particular life styles, occupations, residences and leisure options, the role of The Frank Olean Center, Inc. is to be a catalyst or change agent in assisting each person with their choices in the areas of integration, independence and productivity.
The Frank Olean Center, Inc. is a non-profit community-based organization. Since its inception in 1966, the organization has grown from a parent-based advocacy group to a licensed organization providing comprehensive services and supports to persons with developmental disabilities and their families. The Frank Olean Center, Inc. serves the Southern Rhode Island and Southeastern Connecticut areas. Through the array of services, supports and programs the Frank Olean Center, Inc. acts as a catalyst for individuals to grow, develop and maximize their potential.
The organization's headquarters have occupied various sites including its beginning at St. Josephs Church in Hope Valley and the former Greyhound Bus Terminal, also known as the Post House in Hopkinton. To allow for further expansion the decision was made to build a new facility. In 1977, the organization moved to its present location on Airport Road. In 1987 a 5,000 square foot addition was completed.
Frank Olean, one of the founders of the center and its first president, devoted over 35 years of his life as a voice, conscience and advocate for people with developmental disabilities. He was a significant force within the State of Rhode Island and an inspiration for everyone.
Throughout its existence, the Frank Olean Center, Inc. has recognized the dignity and importance of each individual, assisting people of all ages to achieve their highest potential.