The Avedis Foundation continues to invest in the Shawnee community and

surrounding Pottawatomie County with a $25,000 matching grant to South Central

Industries to assist with renovations to a recently purchased building at 204 N.

Louisa.

South Central Industries was established in Shawnee in 1981 to provide vocational

training and employment opportunities to developmentally disabled individuals.

Currently, South Central provides job opportunities for approximately 60

individuals ranging from recycling, pallet construction, janitorial and litter services,

lawn care and paper/glove distribution. The newly purchased building at 204 N.

Louisa will afford South Central the opportunity to offer new job opportunities and

expand the number of jobs available to individuals with developmental disabilities.

The building acquired at 204 N. Louisa was built in 1929 and served as the original

Ford Motor Company Plant for this service area. It is a beautiful, historic building

and has been properly maintained over the years. However, in order to fully meet

the needs of their clients, South Central needed to make two bathroom areas ADA

compatible, convert a warehouse conference room into a breakroom/cafeteria area,

convert a portion of the warehouse space into an assembly/packaging area and

install ADA compatible ramps for accessibility.

Over the past five years, South Central has grown from serving 25 clients with

developmental disabilities to close to 60 clients at this time. The expansion of

adding this additional building will continue to allow South Central to provide

vocational services to as many individuals with developmental disabilities as

needed in this geographic area.

"The Board of Directors of the Avedis Foundation is proud to support

South Central Industries with this $25,000 matching grant. The

Avedis Foundation focuses on our community by uniting people

through common location, strength and purpose and partnering with

groups and individuals working together for a common goal." Michelle

Briggs, Avedis Foundation President & CEO said.

“The Avedis Foundation is honored and pleased to fund this project making a difference

in the community. To support the perpetual mission of this organization both now and

in the future donations can be made directly to South Central Industries,” she added.

"South Central’s Board and staff are extremely honored and excited about the

opportunities this Avedis Foundation grant provides for the clients we serve. This

particular grant project allows South Central many opportunities for expansion and

enhancement of services for individuals with developmental disabilities.,” said Tina

Hanna, Executive Director of South Central. “We cannot adequately express our

gratitude for Avedis’ support and guidance. Donations of time, money and volunteer

activities of caring and kindness in our own community without expectation of

repayment are ways that Avedis has benefited not only South Central but so many

other non-profit agencies in the Pottawatomie area."

The Avedis Foundation is a private foundation established June 2012 from the sale of

Unity Health Center to St. Anthony Hospital. The foundation was established to invest

in the county through grants that support the Avedis vision and benefit nonprofit

organizations within the foundation’s granting area. The Avedis mission is to

measurably improve health, wellness and the quality of life for the people of

Pottawatomie County and surrounding areas.