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.
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.