Mission: Edwards Work-Activity Center was founded in 1972 by family members to provide support for, and recognize the abilities of, adults with developmental disabilities.
Programs: Residential services for developmentally disabled adults. The edwards center operates 14 homes with 24 hour staff support for individuals so that they can live in a safe and pleasant home and enjoy recreational and educational opportunities. In addition, staff provides support to many individuals so that they can live independently in their own apartments.
employment services to developmentally disabled adults. The edwards center packaging and assembly business creates jobs with paychecks for over 150 people with significant disabilities by working with over 100 local businesses. Job development, training and coaching are provided in community businesses. In addition, retirements and therapeutic activities are provided on a daily basis for those who are not working, this includes specialized programs for those who are medically fragile.
transportation services for developmentally disabled adults. Our fleet of vehicles transports our residential clients to work, to the doctor, shopping, to the movies, etc. With specially trained drivers.
My Brother David is one of the earliest residents at Edwards center. As far as I know, the only one who came in as a physical injury patient. David was in an accident in 1972, that was supposed to have claimed his life. When he survived and actually came out of the coma, the doctors were in denial. They said that there was just too much brain mass destroyed in the accident. They gave us instructions on how to take care of David, and sent him home. With the direct and explicit knowledge that he would not survive the year. I was young then, and I do not fully recall how Edwards came into the picture. I think it was through the news paper articles and the church. Anyways, they came and talked to my parents. " A new and evolutionary" plan. A home with 24 hour care, Dr's on staff and on call. Dave not only survived the year, he has survived almost 40 years. He has had a life. he has had Jobs. A job people, Dave loved working. I can not express enough the amount of respect and devotion I can give these people. They gave me my brother.
This company is below the radar, but is doing great work!! We have been donating monies and constantly inviting and promoting our friends and business associates to become involved with the good works of Edwards Center and their works. Working with the mentally challenged and changing their lives and the lives of their families is invaluable!!