Mission Statement

Provide opportunities to enhance the quality of life, self-sufficiency, and independence to persons with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in Western North Carolina. 

Reach for Independence (RFI) is a private, family owned and operated provider agency located in Fletcher, NC serving adults and minors with autism and/or intellectual disabilities. RFI provides Medicaid–funded services that include habilitative (skill training), residential, day support, employment, respite, community involvement and networking services. All of our services have the ultimate goal of supporting greater independence for the individuals we work with. Currently, we serve six counties across WNC.  


Vision Statement

Support people served in developing their abilities and creativity and reaching their full potential by participating in an array of exciting and constructive activities that enhance their lives.


Meet the Owner

Donnie and Wanda Stills have always had a passion from a young age for helping others. Wanda was an only child of two parents with disabilities. Helping individuals with disabilities is all she has ever known. Her mother suffered from a traumatic brain injury from a car accident at the age of eight years old, and her father was medically disabled. The beginning of her journey as a professional started in 1979 at The Riddle Center, formally known as Western Carolina Center. She then went on to work for Henderson County for 10 years in the roles of Child Support Enforcement Supervisor and and Social Worker in Foster Care and Adoptions. Through life’s journeys, she eventually became the Program Coordinator at Vocational Solutions in which she held the position for 17 years. While maintaining that position, her and Donnie also cared for her mother and were an AFL to three individuals. After seeing the importance of having a safe, fun, and engaging environment for their AFL’s to attend, they ventured into operating their own day services and opened Reach for Independence Day Program in 2011. Centering their company around God and family, while helping others, was top priority. Wanda's motto has always been, “I want a program in which individuals feel like kings and queens in which they can’t wait to arrive each morning and don’t want to leave at the end of the day. I want my staff to feel the same way.” She takes pride in her Christian roots and her accomplishments are always credited to our Lord and Savior. Stakeholders can always hear her saying, “this is God’s company”. When asking multiple people to describe Wanda, the answers remained consistent throughout. Giving, hardworking, compassionate and modest. RFI has now been serving individuals since 2007 and continues to hold the same values and family oriented atmosphere.