About Us

Mission Statement

Lillie Rice Center, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing employment and support services to individuals with developmental disabilities while enhancing their quality of independence.

Our Story

Lillie L. Rice, member of a pioneer Colville family, spent the last years of her life in Walla Walla with her daughter, Mrs. Jess Webb. Mrs. Webb was largely responsible for organizing an activity center here, in 1960 and serving as its volunteer director for four years.

Mrs. Rice, a staunch friend of persons with handicapping conditions, worked tirelessly on their behalf, despite illness and invalidism. Her name was given as a tribute to the memory of a gallant woman, sharing with her daughter a singular dedication to the welfare of children and adults with a disability.

In 1966, Lillie Rice Center received Formal Corporation as a private nonprofit agency.


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As a CARF International accredited organization, each individual served, each referring or funding agency is assured that services meet the highest national quality standards and best practices in the field today.

Respect, dignity, and the belief in the rights of all persons served to be welcomed and included in the fabric of their communities, drive our rehabilitation serves. We work to help develop dreams and often moving ahead to remove obstacles so the road is easier.

Lillie Rice Center, Inc. is accredited (renewed for 3 more years through October 31, 2019) in:

  • Community Employment Services: Employment Supports
  • Community Employment Services: Job Development
  • Employment Planning Services
  • Governance Standards Applied

Accreditation is a public statement that our organization is continually striving to provide services that are of the highest possible quality. CARF International is a nonprofit accreditor of health and human services, whose goal is to ensure that persons served remain at the center of the service delivery process.

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SourceAmerica (Formerly NISH), a national nonprofit, is one of the leading sources of job opportunities for a dedicated and highly qualified workforce – people with significant disabilities. Through our work, we make the American Dream more accessible to a segment of the population where nearly 80% do not have jobs.

We are an AbilityOne authorized enterprise and we put the AbilityOne Program into action for our Federal Government customers…We accomplish this through a nationwide network of more than 550 community nonprofit agency partners to fulfill contracting needs for the Federal Government, commercial businesses and government contractors. Our network provides training to people with disabilities, assists them in identifying employment options that most of us take for granted, and then enables them to be successful at work. SourceAmerica is the vital link between jobs and the people who can do them.