About Us

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We are a non-profit agency that has been providing services to people with disabilities since 1980. Cascade Connections began by serving 12 adults with developmental disabilities in a residential environment. Over the last 40 years, we have grown to serve hundreds of individuals in a variety of different programs specifically designed to fit their needs.

Today, we continue our mission by offering specially designed programs to assist older adults and individuals with developmental disabilities. Our programs include group training home, supported living, home care, training, and vocational services.


Our Mission Statement

Empowering individuals with disabilities to enhance their quality of life.

Our Values Statement

Service Excellence – Maintaining quality staff and services requires wisdom, expertise, respect and integrity.
Integrity – Doing what we say and taking responsibility for our actions and words. We hold each other accountable to the Mission and Values of Cascade Connections.
Empowerment – Striving to provide people with tools, skills and connections to build a more positive future.
Competencies – Delivering services that meet physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, social and environmental needs.
Christian Leadership – Adhering to bring glory to God and serve their fellow human kind.
Servant Leadership – Leading by example and putting others’ needs and desires before our own. We are humble stewards of organizational resources: human, financial and physical.
Equal Opportunity – Supporting personal growth through power and choice, competence, health and safety, positive relationships, status and integration. All people are created equal.
Individualized Services – Providing services from a person centered perspective.
Community – Belonging is a two-way street and everyone benefits from inclusion. We see to partner together to create a barrier free community.


Our agency was founded in the late 1970s, and we started out by opening a group home in 1980. Located in Lynden, Washington, the home initially served 12 young people with developmental disabilities. Since then, Cascade Connections has learned to adapt to the needs of our community. Cascade Connections’ Supported Living program was created initially to serve those folks who lived in the original group home and were ready to move into their own apartments. This allowed people with developmental disabilities to have the support they needed in order to live independently in their community.

Cascade Connections also operated a children’s home in the Mt. Vernon area for a few years. This home is no longer in operation, but many of the people who lived there are now supported through Cascade Connections Supported Living Program. In 2007, we opened Pine Street home, an adult family home also in the Lynden area. This home served up to six gentlemen to live in a home owned by Cascade Connections. This home was staffed 24 hours in order to ensure people receive supports to live independently. Pine Street Home has since closed, but most of the individuals who lived there are now served by Cascade Connections Supported Living.

Cascade Connections began serving people vocationally in 1992 in response to the needs of two individuals living in the original group home. Our vocational support for those individuals led to more referrals and more job placements. Cascade Connections began contracting with the Whatcom County Health Department to provide long-term vocational support services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Later, Cascade Connections became a provider for services through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. This allowed Cascade Connections to begin serving individuals with non-developmental disabilities, such as brain injuries and mental health disorders, in addition to those with developmental disabilities.

Cascade Connections also provides Home Care services that support people to live in their own home, either alone or with family. Our home care aides are able to support people to meet their daily needs such as cooking, cleaning, personal care, shopping and appointments. Our Home Care program serves children and adults, including senior citizens.

The youngest department within our agency is the Training Department. Over the many years of providing services, our country, our state, and our county have added additional training requirements. Out of a need to ensure we are able to hire and train the best employees in our area, Cascade Connections created our training department. They offer training to all new staff, as well as community members. Staff are able to come into our organization and gain the skills, abilities, and confidence that helps us to ensure our customers receive the best services possible.

In 2014, our agency went through an internal reorganization to improve efficiency, prepare for future growth, and offer more services to a more diverse audience. As part of a re-branding effort, our agency changed its name from Cascade Christian Services to Cascade Connections. These rebranding and reorganization efforts have helped us to grow while retaining the Christian values that make this organization strong and unique. We anticipate continued growth over the next few years, and we look forward to seeing what the future has in store for Cascade Connections!