ALBANY — CEO Fredrick W. Erlich on Wednesday announced he will retire from Living Resources Corporation, which he founded in 1973.
The board of directors of the organization to assist brain-injured and developmentally disabled people said it would conduct a nationwide search for his successor, and Erlich said he would assist in the transition. He plans to stay on through the end of 2019.
The organization hired its first six staff members in 1974, when it had a $100,000 annual budget and a single residential facility in Schenectady. It now has 890 employees and a $42 million budget, and has assisted more than 5,000 clients reach their life’s potential. It offers an array of 18 services ranging from after-school programs to smart home residential development for individuals with a wide range of disabilities.
“Since Living Resources’ inception, my passion has been to build an organization focused on the greatest of missions: to serve individuals with disabilities and to support them and their families as they reach their greatest potential,” Erlich said in a message to Living Resources employees. “Building this organization and working with each of you has been the greatest of privileges. It is with your unwavering support and commitment that we are all a part of this success story.”