A Message From our Executive Director
Hello and welcome, my name is Tony Vellucci. As a staff member and Executive Director of the Frank Olean Center, Inc. for over 30 years, it is my pleasure to offer you this brief but rich profile of the Olean Center, from its humble beginnings over 40 years ago to its present day operations that continue to remain true to its original mission developed by Mr. Frank Olean and others.
The Olean Center is a comprehensive service provider representing persons with developmental disabilities and their families. Dedicated in 1976, the Olean Center is located at 93 Airport Road in Westerly, Rhode Island. We also have an office suite located at 101 Airport Road.
The belief at the Olean Center is that of meeting the complete needs of individuals with disabilities and their families. There are many types of services offered to adults and children that are available both by direct service delivery or indirect support systems. Our services include; community employment, case management, school to work transition, recreation, and in-home supports. A team approach is used to develop a program supporting the physical, emotional and social needs of each person served.
Today, the Olean Center continues to thrive due to a dedicated group of staff, board, volunteers, and benefactors along with a stable partnership with state government, employers and continued networking with local businesses and other human services organizations. While the Olean Center has grown and developed new programs to address a wide array of needs, its mission has not changed.
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Executive Director of the Frank Olean Center, Inc.
The Frank Olean Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization representing and providing services and supports to persons with developmental disabilities and their families throughout Southern Rhode Island and Southeastern Connecticut.
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 an accredited 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. enables individuals to grow, develop and maximize their potential.
The organization's headquarters have occupied various sites including its beginning in a church basement, the Grange in Hope Valley, and 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, enabling people of all ages to achieve their highest potential.