Tresco opens doors for a new opportunity

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Tresco Inc. reaches out to people who with developmental delays and those who are disabled to help them become a bigger part of the community.

Photo submitted by Arleen Lindsey: Tresco’s group photo is with state and local law enforcement at the plaza after the annual torch run.

According to the Tresco website, their mission is to support people with differing abilities to reach their potential and realize their dreams. The name Tresco comes from the three county programs that serve clients from Las Cruces, Truth or Consequences and Socorro. Tresco has been helping people for 45 years now.

The company offers day habilitation and provides employment, placement, job coaching, assisted living and respite services, said Arleen Lindsey, Tresco Socorro manager.

Tresco has relationships with their clients in the workforce, providing transportation, medication assistance and nursing support. At Tresco they set employees up to have self advocacy skills, Lindsey said. Once a client is in a permanent location, depending on the individual’s needs, they are assigned to a job site to perform duties. Clients do their jobs with the assistance of job coaches.

“The community has embraced our folks and are very nurturing,” Lindsey said. “The Socorro community accommodates the people well. I have hard-working employees, who embrace Tresco’s mission.”

The clients/employees Tresco sends out to work in the community have longevity, are cross trained in all areas and are advocates, she said. They are dedicated, trained and confident and the goals are reflected in the consumers’ outcomes, she said.

“Tresco and the Socorro community have a great partnership; our clients are safe in Socorro,” Lindsey said. “Tresco has excellent medical care with people who have disabilities, and medical support is great. The doctor and the hospital are accommodating to the challenges.”

Supported living provides a variety of community and living settings for up to 24 hours a day, and assisted living services are provided for those individuals who need less than 24-hour support, she said.

“Our consumers give back to the community,” Lindsey said.

In all environments, Tresco services focus on increasing, maintaining or promoting independent functioning, social and relationship skill development and full participation in the community, Lindsey said.

“Our main focus is we concentrate on building those individual skills,” Lindsey said.

Tresco is a nonprofit agency receiving funding from the state.

To be eligible for Tresco services, a person needs to have a disability or specified related conditions, a developmental disability that began before the age of 22.

The person needs to meet New Mexico Medicaid and financial and medical criteria to be allocated for services by the long-term service division of the Department of Health, be a New Mexico resident and meet all requirements, she said.

“I want everybody to be happy, healthy and safe,” Lindsey said. “We are like a family. It is an expectation, and I haven’t been disappointed with employees who rise to the occasion. It is a 24-hour job. Just like family, we are there.”