Meet Your Merchant: Community-based services for those with developmental disabilities |

Meet Your Merchant: Community-based services for those with developmental disabilities

Brett Lark, left, and Robert Baker
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Meet Your Merchant

Name of Business: Splendor Developmental Services

Description: Splendor Developmental Services offers community-based services to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Owners: Robert Baker, managing partner, and Brett Lark, managing partner

Address: 832 Donegan Road, Unit C, Glenwood Springs

Phone Number: (970) 456-1160



Date Business Opened: April 1, 2016

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How did your business start?

Splendor Developmental Services was born out of the vision of a local consultant and entrepreneur who felt the population with developmental ailments in the Roaring Fork Valley was underserved. Their vision led to the development of a community-based service agency that provides faith-based and client-centered services to enhance the quality of life for those with developmental disabilities. The word “Splendor” was chosen as the name of the organization because it best describes our foundational value of striving to bring happiness, purpose, and richness to our clients’ lives.

Our background includes over eight years of healthcare leadership experience in serving special needs populations. Our operating philosophy and healthcare experience provide a refreshing perspective in successfully meeting the needs of both the client and service providers.

What do you sell?

Splendor Developmental Services provides community-based support and services that include:

1. host home/residential services

2. vocational and employment support

3. community engagement activities

4. mentorship.

Why do you like what you do?

It is both a privilege and a calling to work with the families and clients we serve. When we witness clients achieve their goals and feel the excitement and pride that exudes from them, we are reminded of our calling and purpose in the support and services we provide. God’s love is in both the overarching vision of our organization and the midst of our daily work. Our clients constantly remind us of this and the importance of bringing hope to people’s lives.

What strategy do you use to hire good people?

Splendor Developmental Service’s looks for two characteristics in prospective associates:

1. Work ethic: Associates need to be reliable, dedicated, productive and cooperative

2. Character: Associates need to be self-disciplined, honest and trustworthy

Our philosophy is that associates who have a strong work ethic and character will provide exceptional care and service. Our associates are compensated above the market standard and treated with the utmost respect.

What is your strategy for growth in the next year?

To expand upon our community-based services by learning from and working alongside our community leaders, clients and families. Ongoing market research and conducting due diligence on prospective service opportunities will be a strategic focus in the coming year.

What is the best thing about running a business here?

We are blessed to wake up every day in the most beautiful part of Colorado and enhance the lives of those we serve.

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