History of CRI

Community Resources for Independence (CRI) services began in 1978 under Erie Independence House (EIH) as a 12 unit apartment complex providing attendant care and independent living services to people with disabilities. In 1980, Timothy Finegan became the Executive Director of EIH. This also marked the year the Federal Center for Independent Living (CIL) grant was awarded to EIH. In 1990, CRI was established and incorporated to become the managing agent for EIH and their CIL services. EIH continued managing their apartment complexes. In 1997, due to federal regulations, CRI separated from EIH to continue providing CIL and Attendant Care services to people with disabilities.

Below you will see a growth map of CRI services provided to Pennsylvania since 1978. Today CRI provides services in 44 counties throughout Pennsylvania.

CRI Timeline

1978 – CRI Began as EIH in Erie County
1980 – Expansion to 13 counties, Established office in St. Mary’s
1985 – Expansion to 14 counties
1986 – Expansion to 21 counties, Established office in Lewisburg
1989 – Expansion to 24 counties, Established offices in Lewistown & Mercer
1990 – Incorporated as Community Resources for Independence
1992 – Expansion to 28 counties
1996 – Closed St. Mary’s office, Established office in Brookville
1999 – Added PA Dept of Aging Waiver Services
2001 – Closed Mercer office, Opened office in Hermitage
2002 – Expansion to 30 counties, Established in Warren
2003 – Expansion to 40 counties, Closed Brookville and opened offices in Clarion & Altoona
2004 – Established office in Wellsboro
2006 – Opened Oil City office
2007 – Opened Bradford office, Relocated Erie Headquarters, Expanded Hermitage location
2008 – Opened Clearfield office, Relocated Warren office
2009 – Expansion to 46 counties, Established offices in Allentown and McConnellsburg
2010 – 20th Anniversary of Community Resources for Independence
2012 – Established office in Indiana