Community Interactions, Inc. (CI), founded by Gerald Saulino in 1971, is a non-profit organization that provides person-centered support services to individuals with autism, intellectual disabilities, and dual-diagnosed behavioral health challenges.
Our History: A Personal Mission, A Community of Support
The vision for CI was inspired by our founder’s brother, Albert, who lived in an institutional setting for people with intellectual disabilities. Gerald was appalled by his brother’s living conditions. He wanted his brother to have a better life; one where he is part of the community, and surrounded by people who supported and cared about him. Gerald wanted his brother to have the life that we all want; one full of love, kindness, purpose, and as much independence as possible.
When he established CI, Gerald’s goal was to create a private, non-profit community organization offering less restrictive programs, services, and supports that promoted community integration and self-determination for individuals with intellectual disabilities and behavioral health challenges.
The reality of his dream was realized in 1973, when Community Interactions opened its first home for children with developmental disabilities in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Today, Community Interactions serves over 300 people in community programs, both residential and day, in Delaware and Pennsylvania.
The mission of Community Interactions, Inc. (CI) is to provide quality services for people with intellectual, physical and behavioral health challenges; to create lifestyles consistent with their communities respecting individual choice, self-determination and culture.
Community Interaction’s vision is to empower the people we support by creating an environment where they are recognized and respected. This is accomplished by providing innovative programs and services affording opportunities to live full and productive lives with families, friends and the community. CI values an environment that promotes:
- Financial stability
- Financial responsibility
- Safety and wellness
- Professional development