Past and Present

Welcome to Gaston Residential Services (GRS). GRS was founded in May of 1975 by parents, community leaders and professionals who believed that people with disabilities are entitled to live in their community near family and friends. We were established as a nonprofit organization to provide long term living arrangements in homes for five or fewer people. Currently, we serve approximately 200 people in residential neighborhoods throughout the Gaston County area. The people served by GRS are proud to work and volunteer in their community, attend religious services, and enjoy a variety of recreational activities.

Our Board of Directors is made up of an exceptional group of community leaders committed to GRS’ mission and values. They meet nine times a year to provide guidance and leadership to the organization.   The board provides  continual encouragement and support to GRS’ staff and ensures GRS is involved in its community.

Throughout the years, we have adhered to our belief that remaining a local company was the best way to remove the barriers of prejudice that resulted from the historical exclusion of persons with cognitive limitations from their home communities.  Our values and mission, while enhanced, have not changed. We are committed to sustainable and well managed growth while ensuring the quality of life of those we serve.

We have partnered with the City of Gastonia as well as its nonprofit, Reinvestment in Community, local and state ARC’s, Pathways LME, the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency, NC TASH, and other community organizations, foundations, and churches to promote our mission and include people with disabilities in all the community accomplishes. We look forward to future endeavors and partnerships, and we are committed to making a good community better!