Pleasant View, Inc. was founded in 1971 by members of the Virginia Mennonite Conference out of a concern for people within the church and the wider community who have Intellectual Disabilities. John R. Mumaw and other leaders of the church and community saw that people with disabilities were living with aging parents who were concerned about what services would be provided to them after the parents were no longer able to care for them. Reaching into the church’s long history of caring for others, these concerned citizens opened the first group home for 6 people, now known as the C. C. Turner House, in March 1971.
From this beginning, Pleasant View has grown into an organization which serves over 105 people in residential settings and 125 people in day support services in 11 locations throughout the city of Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, and beyond. Residential services provided range from structured home based care on the intermediate care level for people with severe and profound disabilities to independent apartment living and home living. Residences include larger living arrangements such as the 15-person Harrison Residence, small community based homes for 4 to 6 people, and 8 apartments. Day support services include highly structured center based programs for people with severe needs, community based programs of volunteer service, employment enclaves in which staff members and 2 or more clients fill jobs in the community, and individual supported employment. Pleasant View also provides a ministry program that creates meaningful interactions between those we serve and the wider community.