History

Since 1984, MyPath has created innovative, cost-effective solutions that empower children, adolescents and adults with significant needs to live their best lives.

Mansion

1984

  • Jim Balestrieri purchases out of bankruptcy the assets that will become MyPath.
  • Oconomowoc Residential Programs (ORP) includes:
    • Oconomowoc Developmental Training Center (now Genesee Lake School), a residential treatment center for children with disabilities in Oconomowoc, WI.
    • Homes for Independent Living (HIL), an operator of eight group homes for adults with disabilities.
Jim meets with an employee
Oconomowoc Developmental Training Center (now Genesee Lake School), a residential treatment center for children with disabilities in Oconomowoc, WI.

1980’s and 1990’s

  • HIL continues to grow by creating community-based settings for adults with disabilities in new counties in Southeastern Wisconsin.
Jim meets with SOMED employees
ODTC students enjoy a Halloween party in 1988

1997

  • In response to requests from Indiana officials, ORP opens the doors to Indiana Developmental Training Center (IDTC), a residential treatment center outside Indianapolis.
IDTC Students prepare for the Special Olympics
IDTC Campus

1999

  • In Olmstead v. L.C. the U.S. Supreme Court rules that unjustified segregation of persons with disabilities constitutes discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • ORP and disability rights advocates work side by side to challenge exclusionary zoning rules in Wisconsin, ultimately prevailing in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
US Supreme Court Building -Olmstead v. L.C.
HIL Housing-ORP and disability rights advocates worked side by side to challenge exclusionary zoning rules in Wisconsin, ultimately prevailing in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

2000

  • ORP expands its residential treatment programs in Indiana, creating Indiana Developmental Training Center of Lafayette.
IDTC Students enjoy a party
IDTC Layfayette exterior of building

2002

  • Building on its expertise in supporting children with Prader-Willi Syndrome, ORP opens the doors to Prader-Willi Homes of Oconomowoc, providing community settings for adults with PWS.
  • The owners of ORP sell 30% of the company to an Employee Stock Ownership Trust, launching a new era of employee ownership.
Prader-Willi Homes of Oconomowoc clients
Prader-Willi Homes of Oconomowoc clients at an outing

2000’s

  • HIL continues its expansion of community-based services to counties in Northeastern Wisconsin.

2008

  • Paragon Community Services, providing day programs for adults with disabilities, is established.
Paragon Community Services clients on an outing
Paragon Community Services client working on art project

2011

  • ORP creates a new service platform by opening The Richardson School in West Allis, WI offering an alternative education program for children with disabilities who live at home but who struggle to succeed in the public schools.
TRS West Allis Location
TRS Student playing outside

2012

  • Oconomowoc Developmental Training Center becomes Genesee Lake School.
  • Indiana Developmental Training Center of Lafayette become T.C. Harris School.
  • Indiana Developmental Training Center in Indianapolis closes its doors in response to changes in funding and service requirements.
Genesee Lake School Sign
T.C. Harris School

2013

  • The Richardson School opens its second campus in Beloit, WI.
  • T.C. Harris Academy, a therapeutic day school, opens in Lafayette, IN.
  • ORP develops and publishes the ORP Library, a series of books and resources for families that include individuals with disabilities.
The Richardson School opens its second campus in Beloit, WI
The ORP Library

2014

  • Transitions Academy opens in the former IDTC building, serving at-risk youth in a 24-hour structured setting.
  • Genesee Community Services is created to provide in-home services to families with children with disabilities in Southeastern Wisconsin.
GCS Staff working with boy
Teacher working with a GCS student at  home

2016

  • With the completion of the sale of the company to the Employee Stock Ownership Plan, ORP becomes 100% employee-owned.

2018

  • ORP articulates its core Beliefs and Behaviors: Passion, Accountability, Teamwork, Openness, and Continuous Education and Innovation.

2019

  • Oconomowoc Residential Programs, Inc. rebrands as MyPath.
  • Corporate support becomes MyPath Support Services.
MyPath logo
MSS sign

2021

  • MyPath Founder Jim Balestrieri steps down as Chief Executive Officer.
  • Terry Leahy becomes the second CEO in MyPath’s history.
  • MyPath celebrates its fifth anniversary of 100% employee ownership and is named the Wisconsin ESOP Company of the Year.
  • MyPath ranks #50 on the NCEO list of Largest Employee-Owned Companies in the United States.

ESOP of the Year