For a non-profit that has worked tirelessly with organizations like Shaw Industries, Mohawk, and the United Way in Gordon and surrounding counties, there are still a surprising number of people who don’t know much about what George Chambers Resource Center does.
In short, George Chambers is a private non-profit in Calhoun that supports adults with developmental disabilities. Their mission is to help people with disabilities lead fulfilled, independent lives where they can share in community and make a positive impact on the world. And on Tuesday, June 21, George Chambers will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening event for their newly completed employment training center.
The new facility boasts a full restaurant, banking center, grocery store and theater where the 54 individuals George Chambers supports each day can come and learn the skills they need to one day gain employment in the place of their choosing. In addition, the facility is also equipped with a driving simulation room where individuals can practice operating a variety of different vehicles before moving on to apply for their driver’s license.
“This facility is really going to represent a turning point,” says George Chambers Social Media Specialist, Wendi Nunnery. “We all want to be able to make our own choices about the lives we lead. And here the individuals we support are going to be equipped with the real-world experience they need for gainful employment. We are privileged to be a part of it.”
The new employment training facility was made possible in large part by the $500,000 block grant George Chambers received from the Department of Community Affairs last year. Construction on the building began in the fall of 2015 and was completed just last month.
“So many people have played a role in making this training center a reality,” says George Chambers CEO, Mary Barclay. “Countless organizations and individuals have partnered with us because they believe in the significance and necessity of this project. We couldn’t have done it without them. And we want to celebrate their contributions at our grand opening as well as in the training center itself.”
The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. on the morning of Tuesday, June 21 and the building will be open for all-day walk-in tours starting at 11:30 a.m. Refreshments will be provided and everyone is welcome.
For more information, please visit www.georgechambersresourcecenter.org. You can also find George Chambers on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @GCRCOfficial.