Founded in 1979, Chamberlin House began as a single home purchased by an Albany family to serve the needs of their disabled family member and other developmentally disabled adults who lived in the local area.
The family, Jim and Nancy Goode, along with Nancy’s mom and dad, Russ and Lila Chamberlin, had a vision that the home and the services provided by the home’s caregivers, would enhance the life of Jim and Nancy’s disabled child, Jimmy, and that of other developmentally disabled adults.
Their goal was to create a home-based community that would give disabled kids better, more independent lives.
Nancy Goode reflects, “We purchased the original Chamberlin House in 1979. The house is named after my mother and father because they so supported Jim’s and my efforts to dream big and establish this first home. We had come to know another Albany family, Joyce and Bill Mitchell, who also had a disabled son, Bill Jr. (Bill Mitchell, Jr. still lives with us at the Sander House). Joyce and Bill became very involved with us by helping to fundraise for the organization and offering support in any way that they could. Bill spent many years as President of our Board of Directors.”
The two families discovered other parents and guardians with the same goals. Through the Goode’s original act of love, they set in motion a non-profit organization that now serves approximately 34 individuals in six different group homes and one apartment complex–all based in Albany, Oregon.
Each of our six homes is unique and serves a slightly different population. You can click here to review what our homes and apartments look like and the community makeup of each. We provide 24-hour staffing, seven days a week.
All of our programs and services are designed to help our “residents improve their quality of life, attain their greatest possible levels of self-sufficiency, and enjoy meaningful inclusion within the surrounding community.
Because Chamberlin House Inc.’s group homes are licensed as Group Homes through Oregon’s Department of Human Services (DHS), the Linn County Department of Developmental Disabilities must determine the eligibility of individuals seeking residency at Chamberlin House Inc.
Therefore, if you are interested seeking information on residency in one of our homes or apartments, please contact Linn County Developmental Disability Services or call them at 541-967-3890 to inquire about living in our community.
Please note that we are always happy to give you a tour of any of our homes or apartments.