TO: All people who are supported by Onondaga Community Living and their families

SUBJECT: Announcing Merger Plans- OCL and Exceptional Family Resources (EFR)

We are very excited to announce the merger of our two organizations. This came about for several reasons, the most important of which is to maintain the highest quality of care to individuals and families and provide the most stable work environment for our employees.

It is important to note the goal of this merger is to make services better for everyone involved. Please be assured there will be no interruption of services, families will not be losing their DSP(s) and staff will keep their jobs. In fact, EFR and OCL are coming together to make sure our values and traditions of service are maintained and exceeded well into the future.

The merger accomplishes several goals: 1) Merging helps us recruit and retain excellent well paid and well supported talent so that persons we support are staffed consistently and dependably. 2) Uniting combines two fiscally strong organizations so that we can share resources and expertise to better support people with disabilities.

EFR and OCL are aligned in mission and values. We think you will find it is a natural fit. We are confident the merger will help ensure our missions and values live on in perpetuity.

The merger process will take some time to finalize. Important to know is that OCL will continue to operate as it currently operates well into 2022 (probably all year). During 2022, OCL and EFR teams will work together to assure that our values around serving people are strengthened and supported in the new combined organization.

9/1/2021 Both OCL and EFR announce the merge plans.
1/1/2022 OCL and EFR continue to operate but under the direction of one Board of Directors.
1/1/2023 No later than this date, both agencies will be fully merged and operating as EFR.

Please join us to hear more about this exciting news and to discuss any questions you may have at one of the following Q/A Session with Individuals and Families events:

Zoom Meeting Thursday September 16th from 12-1 or 4-5 PM

12-1 PM Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 867 6101 9947
Passcode: 284777
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4-5 PM Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 834 9794 4651
Passcode: 236472
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Please e-mail me, Dan Kelley at [email protected] if you would like me to send you a live link by e-mail. I am very happy to schedule a phone conversation or other meeting times if needed.

Please join us in our excitement as two strong organizations come together to form one great entity. The important thing to remember is that EFR and OCL are committed to providing individuals and their families with the best possible services to succeed. We look forward to seeing more successes as we all move forward together, better, and stronger.

Sincerely,

Daniel Kelley
Executive Director
Onondaga Community Living, Inc
(315) 434-9597 Ext. 203
[email protected]