Alexandria-based nonprofit ServiceSource will soon be relocating its corporate headquarters to Oakton, where it will also open the National Capital Area’s first Disability Resource Center.
Earlier this month, ServiceSource purchased the Oakton Corporate Center III building, located at 10467 White Granite Drive in Oakton, for $7.3 million.
ServiceSource originally began in downtown Fairfax in 1971. Since then it has served nearly 16,000 individuals with disabilities in nine states by providing services to them through employment, training, rehabilitation and support services. ServiceSource directly employs more than 1,500 individuals with disabilities, making it one of the largest employers of people with disabilities nationwide.
ServiceSource launched a $15 million Capital Campaign to raise money for the creation of its DRC, including renovations to the Oakton building and the future addition of satellite service centers.
Additionally, Peterson Companies—who sold the property— demonstrated their support of the DRC vision by working collaboratively with ServiceSource and accepting significantly less than the building’s $9.1 million market value.
“After touring a ServiceSource location in Chantilly, I was struck by the incredible work they do throughout the region to support people with disabilities,” said Jon Peterson, Principal of Peterson Companies. “We felt it was more important to work with them on a final price that would enable them to continue their good works and expand their service offerings than it was to push the market value envelope. We know they are going to be a tremendous resource to the community and wish them much success.”
Beginning in January of next year, the 65,398-square-foot office building will house the nonprofit’s headquarters and center-based employment program that serves more than 125 people with disabilities, according to ServiceSource President and CEO Janet Samuelson.
A 45,000-square-foot ServiceSource disability center in Springfield, which serves about 215 people annually, got some relief in 2012 with the addition of a state-of-the-art facility in Chantilly. Many from western Fairfax County who previously traveled up to an hour and a half to receive care at the Springfield location now have the option of going to the newer, closer center and will soon have the Oakton center, as well as three future day habilitation locations to choose from, Samuelson said.
“Our habilitation services program in Springfield, which serves more than 200 people with significant intellectual and medical disabilities, will be decentralized to three smaller locations by June of 2018,” she said.
In addition, the new Oakton DRC will expand Service Source’s services, target specialized needs and improve programs through technology and strategic partnerships. “Once renovations are complete, the DRC will serve as a national model of accessibility, sustainability and innovation for service people with disabilities,” Samuelson said. “In this environment of budget shortfalls and reduced funding, more services are needed in the local community.”
Toward this end, Samuelson said she hopes to attract other non-profits who serve those with specific disability needs to the DRC, offering them office space and use of the DRC’s facilities.
“Not everyone can do everything,” she said. “And you don’t want to duplicate services, especially in our current financial environment.”
Germelina Farrales of Fairfax says she is excited about the new resource center. Her daughter Vickie, 33, has Down Syndrome and works in the mailroom at ServiceSource’s current Alexandria headquarters.
“It will be a much shorter drive for us to take her to Oakton,” she said. “Vickie’s life has improved so much since she began going to ServiceSource, and now the shorter drive will help to improve ours.”