Mountain Area Residential Facilities, Inc. Newsletter

January 2016


The mission of Mountain Area Residential Facilities, Inc. (MARF) is to provide residential services for adults with intellectual disabilities through education, advocacy, and community involvement in a person-centered environment.

MARF, Inc.:

  • Provides persons served opportunities to live a full and meaningful life.
  • Recognizes the value of each individual and his/her potential to succeed in life and work.
  • Provides services that meet the individual needs of persons with intellectual and developmental challenges.
  • Supports staff with the resources, training and leadership to carry out the organization’s mission.
  • Supports families of persons with intellectual and developmental challenges to ensure love, respect, and human dignity within the family unit and broader community.


MARF Celebrates the Holidays

On December 2nd, 2015, MARF residents, families and board members, as well as students of Warren Wilson College, and neighbors gathered at Zabrkiskie Hall in All Souls Episcopal Church to celebrate the holidays.  The event featured arts and crafts, snacks, and caroling.  A very special thank you to the social work students of Warren Wilson College for volunteering.

A few of our residents celebrated the holidays by making a trip to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC.  The residents enjoyed driving a simulated NASCAR ride and watching clips of races in the High Octane Theater.  In addition, the residents enjoyed spending the night at the Hampton Inn, in Charlotte.

Thank you for all of the holiday contributions.  As you are aware, many of the persons served do not have friends or family to help make the holidays a special time.  The contributions received helped to make the holidays a little brighter for these individuals.

CARF International visits St. Dunstan’s

CARF is a non-profit organization that accredits health and human services organizations.  MARF was last accredited in April, 2013 and was awarded a 3 year accreditation.  We look forward to hosting CARF surveyors March 21-23, 2016 in pursuit of our accreditation.

The Traveler                                                                                                  

Many of you know Ivan McDaniel as MARF’s resident traveler. Ivan has travelled to New York, Nashville, Pittsburgh and many other exciting places, and this year is no exception. In February, Ivan is off to Los Angeles, California.  Ivan travels with the support of The Guided Tour.  The Guided Tour has been in operation for ten plus years, supporting individuals with disabilities to travel to many fabulous places.  If anyone is interested in learning more about the services provided by the Guided Tour, please do not hesitate to contact the MARF office.

Upcoming Dates:

 February 21 Presidents Day     -     March 21-23 CARF visits MARF     -     March 27 Easter

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