Our Mission is to enhance the quality of life 
for people with developmental disabilities through 
respectful, compassionate and stable care focusing 
on their individual needs and life goals.

Shane's Place


Shane’s Place Promise is to provide nurturing care by dedicated and experienced associates committed to person-centered practices and have a desire to assist individuals in achieving their goals and living to their highest possible potential. Shane’s Place associates have extensive experience supporting people who have a history of significant and/or challenging behavior. Associates of Shane’s Place are certified to administer medications, advocate in support of personal interests and work closely with the person’s support team, the County Board and others important in their life to formulate the best possible supports and outcomes. We are committed to providing comprehensive care that enriches the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

Shane’s Place was created to honor the memory of Shane R. Gross (10/23/1979 to 11/11/2012). Shane was a developmentally disabled foster son of William and Sandra Shepler for 26 years. William and Sandra cared for Shane through an agency for a number of years before William became a certified independent provider. Shane was truly a member of the Shepler family and his influence led the family in the direction of advocacy and caregiving. Shane passed away of natural causes in 2012, and, William and Sandra Shepler decided to foster another adult male. Their daughter, Kimberly, was very close to Shane and assisted her parents throughout the 26 years with him. Kimberly was a volunteer for many years for various individuals with developmental disabilities. She has also served as a Guardian for developmentally disabled individuals. Kimberly earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication in Human Services from Ohio University and had a successful career in Human Resources. She decided to dedicate herself to caregiving full-time and five years ago became an independent provider and foster parent to a woman with a developmental disability. From this foundation, Shane’s Place was formed.  Shane's Place serves individuals from multiple counties in Ohio.