Good Works Spotlight: The Center for Life Enrichment

Kimberly Bean
Kimberly Bean
Published on December 8, 2017

Smiles fill the timeline of The Center for Life Enrichment’s Facebook page.

From fun events to employee of the month awards, the center’s page celebrates the successes and joys of the people it serves.

Those successes and smiles are proof that The Center for Life Enrichment is accomplishing its core mission: “[T]o provide programs and support services that will increase the vocational and personal potential of individuals with disabilities.” The goal is to make sure that Southern Maryland residents with disabilities have the same opportunities and choices that those without disabilities do.

The Center for Life Enrichment serves more than 200 people in Southern Maryland. Every service the center offers is focused on its core goals of “increased independence, integration into the workforce, and the opportunity for social interaction.”

The center achieves its goals through programs and services that are tailored to each person’s specific needs. Services include supported employment, social events and service activities, vocational training and skill development, and services for the individuals’ families.

A core service that the center provides is transportation – to and from center activities, job sites, medical appointments, and community activities. Would you believe that the center’s vehicles travel more than 1 million miles each year?

The organization’s current work is part of a long history of serving and advocating for persons with disabilities in Southern Maryland. The Center for Life Enrichment was incorporated in 1961, and its original focus was on children with disabilities. When laws changed in 1976 to allow those children to attend public school, the center shifted its focus to adults. That same year, the center’s current facility in Hollywood was built; a second office to serve residents of Calvert and Charles counties opened in Prince Frederick in 2011.

Want to get involved? The center welcomes volunteers who want to work to help people succeed, or you can support the center’s work financially in many ways:

  • Monetary donations
  • Donating clothing and merchandise to be sold at the organization’s four Vintage Values thrift stores, which are located in Lexington Park, Leonardtown, Prince Frederick, and Mechanicsville
  • Shopping at Vintage Values
  • Donating your vehicle or boat
  • Participating in fundraisers and events, including Christmas tree sales and annual golf tournament

Learn more about The Center for Life Enrichment at its website, Facebook page, or Pinterest boards.

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