VALLEYLIFE provides individuals with disabilities of all ages the opportunity to live a life with choices, independence, and dignity. We service a full range of disabilities and by supporting such a broad spectrum of individuals we have an in-depth understanding of how disability affects each person's life, and what support is needed. This allows us to successfully customize our state-of-the-art, innovative offerings to fit the unique goals of each and every person we serve. Additionally, without focusing on a specific disability, we are able to serve a greater number of people.
In 1947, Mrs. Bernice Kussell realized that some of the children in Arizona state hospitals were not being served appropriately. Armed with hope and a belief in a better way of life for these children with developmental disabilities, she opened her home as a residence for her new family. Having outgrown her private residence in 1949, Mrs. Kussell founded Valley of the Sun School, which later became Valley of the Sun School and Habilitation Center and was rebranded as VALLEYLIFE in 2009.
Today, our purpose is to provide care and support services to people with disabilities and to work toward a greater understanding and further integration of individuals with disabilities in our community. Our principal activity is providing programs and services that support the daily living of our members. All our services are managed professionally by a staff of highly skilled employees. Services include residential, adult day programs, vocational training and assistance, and respite and personal care support for individuals in their own home.
At VALLEYLIFE, everyone matters. No person in our community should ever be overlooked or ignored because of a physical or mental disability. Sadly, every day in Arizona, that is exactly what happens.
Without VALLEYLIFE, many of those we serve would be forgotten, abandoned, or become homeless or imprisoned.
VALLEYLIFE is a nonprofit organization which provides services to individuals with disabilities to enhance their quality of life. We are committed to helping individuals with disabilities in our community by enriching their lives with rewarding experiences and valuable opportunities. We enable them to live a life with choices, independence, and dignity. Our services are delivered through our caring and dedicated staff, specialized programs, and advocacy.
VALLEYLIFE is a 501(c)3 organization. Since 1947, we have been assisting individuals with disabilities in the greater Phoenix community in the pursuit of a full and meaningful life.
VALLEYLIFE offers production services including shrink wrapping, order fulfillment, assembly, sorting, kitting, labeling and packaging, as well as services in the janitorial, customer service, retail, and restaurant industries.
Our Members represent diverse ethnic backgrounds and range in age from one to over 86 years old. VALLEYLIFE Members' diagnoses range from physical, developmental, and cognitive disabilities, to behavioral health diagnoses, age-related conditions, mental illness, and traumatic brain injury.
We service a full range of disabilities, and by supporting such a broad spectrum of individuals, we have an in-depth knowledge of how disability affects each person's life and what support they need. This allows us to successfully customize our state-of-the-art, innovative offerings to fit the unique goals of each and every person we serve. Additionally, by not focusing on a specific disability, we are able to serve a greater number of people.
At VALLEYLIFE, we understand that while our members may all have very different diagnoses, they all share the need to live full, happy, and independent lives, and we are dedicated to ensuring their success.
Our main campus is located in the Sunnyslope area of Phoenix, AZ. We are located at
1142 W Hatcher Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85021. Please come by and take a tour!
Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm.