The Gordon County Board of Commissioners and the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce were joined by many community leaders on Wednesday, Nov. 11 for the groundbreaking of the new addition to the George C. Chambers Resource Center.
The center is an integral part of the Gordon County Community and provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Adults over the age of 18, with such disorders, attend the center and taught important life skills.
Commission Chair Becky Hood spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony.
“We are very pleased that the construction of the George C. Chambers resource center is now underway,” said Hood. “We have assembled a competent and professional project team to complete this work.”
Jack Killian is the architect on the project and the general contractors are of local, family owned Moman Construction. According to Hood, the center’s new addition is being funded by the State of Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant and is a joint, statewide, private venture that will benefit the entire community.
The new addition will enable the center to better teach the skills and confidence that lead to employment and independent lives and the opportunity to gain the self-satisfaction that is earned by giving something back to the community.
“I want to express our sincere gratitude to the George C. Chambers Resource Center director, Ms. Mary Barclay, and the George C. Chambers’ Board of Directors for your hard work, dedication and compassion,” said Hood. “By expanding the center’s ability to teach critical life skills, such as purchasing groceries, preparing meals, and money management, local citizens with developmental disabilities will be equipped to interact in the real world and serve as productive members of our community.”
According to Barclay, the project began construction on Oct. 26 and is estimated to be complete by May 6, 2016. She said that the new addition will include a full theatrical production area, a non-perishable goods grocery store, an area for post office training, a culinary kitchen, including an Italian restaurant and a driving simulator. Individuals with disabilities will be able to choose an area in which they would like to receive training and receive that training in a state of the art facility.
Barclay expressed her excitement about the facility and the opportunity to further integrate individuals into the community and continue the center’s mission of building bridges between individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their community.