Our Welcome To Sanford Business of the Week column wraps up our holiday series on notable non-profits by shining the spotlight on the Stevens Center. Founded in 1987, the Stevens Center focuses on providing support to individuals of all ages who have developmental disabilities. The goal of the Stevens Center is to help these people be respected and active participants, who can live fulfilling lives in a welcoming community. The Stevens Center is located on an inviting 16 acres of land at 1576 Kelly Drive, just outside the city of Sanford. The land was donated by Jane Stevens, with the goal of establishing a facility “where individuals with disabilities are treated as first class citizens.” The building was completed and dedicated in 2002.
The Stevens Center offers a myriad of services and programs at the facility, but its primary focus is its work in the community. Stevens Center programs include …
– NC Innovations, which promotes independence, control and community integration for Medicaid-funded individuals with developmental disabilities
– Connections, which meets 4 days/week and encourages adults to network in the community and enjoy life-affirming activities
– WINNERS, which works with NC Vocational Rehabilitation to help place individuals with disabilities in employment opportunities
– Rideability, which provides affordable transportation for people with physical, intellectual, mental-health or age-related disabilities
– Recreation, which offers fun activities like recreational bowling, dances, movies, dinners and more for the entire community
– Therapies, which include occupational therapy and speech therapy services for children and adolescents at the Stepping Stones Children’s Center, located next door to the Stevens Center
The Stevens Center also operates the Stepping Stones Children’s Center, which is an all-inclusive 4-star childcare facility, with child care for children, from birth to Kindergarten who are developing at a typical rate, as well as for children who have a delay or disability. An NC Pre-K class also operates from this site.
The Stevens Center provides home and community support services for over 50 families in the area. In October 2019, the Stevens Center opened a new administrative office in downtown Lillington, in order to provide even better service for families and staff who reside in Harnett county. You can learn more about this special organization, including ways to donate or volunteer, by visiting the Stevens Center website, or its Facebook page.