Who We Are
empowering individuals with disabilities through employment, one person at a time
MVLE is an internationally accredited agency that partners with more than 125 commercial businesses in addition to government and other not-for-profit agencies. MVLE supported more than 630 individuals with disabilities this past year, with a commitment to creating futures, one person at a time.
Our Beginnings Since 1971
MVLE is an internally accredited agency that partners with more than 125 local commercial businesses and a number of federal and state agencies. Our programs serve over 450 individuals annually. MVLE’s innovative and comprehensive strategy is successfully leveraging business and community partnerships to create meaningful opportunities.
To create futures one person at a time for people with disabilities through employment and support services.
Utilizing best business practices, MVLE will encourage personal and professional growth for people living with disabilities.
The MVLE Story
MVLE was founded in 1971 by concerned parents of four adult individuals with disabilities who were seeking to create opportunities for their children beyond the special education provided in their high schools. Incorporated in 1972, MVLE established itself at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church in Virginia with the purpose of providing vocational and day support services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Today MVLE is an internationally accredited agency providing daily work opportunities and rehabilitation services to over 630 adults with disabilities in more than 200 metro area organizations with profits growing from 5.6 million to 14 million. We have forged a U.S. Department of Defense mentor-protégé agreement with Northrop Grumman to help develop their infrastructure and federal contracts to provide employment opportunities for people with disabilities. We are also focused on building sustainability through new business initiatives like Ability Nation Scentsations™ and forging new partnerships to diversify revenues.
While MVLE maintains a major commitment to facilitating and supporting the employment of our individuals in community-based work sites, we are also committed to creating choices in center-based programs for those individuals whose needs require more intense levels of support, such as nursing and personal assistance. Such choices include a variety of paid mailroom tasks in our bulk mail and packaging center.
While the organization has grown over the years, MVLE is still led by a volunteer Board of Directors that is responsible for the overall direction of the organization, creation of appropriate policies, and oversight of its programs, operations and fiscal management. The Board is assisted in these efforts by a full-time president who is responsible for the operational and programmatic leadership of the organization.
MVLE is a private not-for-profit 501(c) 3 tax exempt organization, incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia. MVLE is CARF accredited; licensed by the State of Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services; an approved Ability One vendor; an authorized vendor for the Department of Rehabilitative Services and the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services; and a recipient of United Way funding and support. Additionally, MVLE has long established purchase of service relationships with the Community Services Boards of Arlington County, City of Alexandria, Fairfax County/ Falls Church City and Prince William County.