Our History

In 1993 Michelle Murphy’s youngest of two sons was diagnosed with autism. She knew she needed to learn more about this right away and learned through books, conferences and materials.

In 1995 she started in residential services at the local county board to dive deeper into understanding and helping others. After 15 years of service in the county board she knew she still wanted to help others in the home and community. She had encouraged her oldest son, through her actions, to further himself in the field of disabilities as well.

She spent the next six years working in management for a home and community based services provider learning more about the field and how services are properly provided.

In 2016, Strive for Independence was born out of a need for more available agencies to serve individuals with disabilities in their homes and in the community. This need continues today and we continue to serve this great need.


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Michelle Murphy

Owner and president, acting CEO

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Shawn Murphy

Owner and VP of HR and Marketing

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Raven Foster

VP of Operations and Area Management

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Stephanie Murphy

VP of Finance

Our Values

How we do what we do is as important as who we do it for.

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We Need Carers

Direct Support Workers for individuals with disabilities are critically needed at this time

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