Sunrise Community of Georgia, Inc. was established in 1995 to provide assistance to people with supported living and foster care arrangements. In the same year Sunrise Community of Tennessee, Inc. began assisting in the downsizing of large state institutions by developing supported living arrangements in the state. That year also marked the opening of supported living homes by Resources for Independence of Virginia, Inc.
In 1996, Sunrise Community of Hendry/Glades, Inc. was formed to provide support and assistance for people with disabilities in a very under-served area of the state of Florida. Sunrise's activities in the central portion of the state were also enhanced in 1997 with the establishment of Sunrise Community of Polk County, Inc.
Sunrise now provides support and assistance to people with disabilities throughout Florida through its offices in Tallahassee, Panama City, Lakeland, St. Petersburg, Cape Coral, Clewiston, Naples, Sarasota and Miami.
Outside the state of Florida Sunrise has offices in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Atlanta, Brunswick and Savannah, Georgia; Bartlett, Clarksville, Knoxville and Nashville, Tennessee; plus Columbia and Hartford, Connecticut. In addition it has management contracts in Fayette, Alabama plus Cookeville, Tennessee.
Did you know that ... George L. Spelios, DDS Sunrise Founder and Chairman of the Board is one of the longest-standing board chairs among private, not-for-profit organizations. Before founding Sunrise, Dr. Spelios did not know a single individual with a development disability.
Did you know that ... Sunrise is the first agency in Florida to earn accreditation by the Accreditation Council, which was organized to address and evaluate programs and supports for people with disabilities.
Did you know that ... Sunrise's success enabled it to assist the State of Florida to transfer 216 people from state institutions to community programs opened by Sunrise.
Did you know that ... Research has proven that group homes provide the most effective setting for physical and mental improvements of individuals with developmental disabilities.
Did you know that ... Sunrise presently serves over 2,200 individuals and employs more than 4,000 people ... numbers that grow daily. – less–ZoomInfo