Flower to the People
Habilitation Center to celebrate 30 years of outstanding service to the community
The Habilitation Center, which is located on a lushly landscaped ten acre campus in suburban Boca Raton, will mark three decades of outstanding service to the community on October 1. Since its inception in 1978, this not-for-profit organization has been helping adults with developmental disabilities and other special needs to lead useful and productive lives, with dignity, respect and independence.
The Center presently serves more than 200 men and women with cognitive, emotional and physical disabilities from Palm Beach and Broward counties. The agency is best known for its two highly acclaimed vocational training programs - Manufacturing Services and the Plant Nursery, which are also vital sources of operating revenue.
Manufacturing Services provides intensive training in electro-mechanical assembly and other types of production, as well as in packaging, kitting and fulfillment services, for companies such as Motorola, Tyco International and Hyperlink Technologies. Recently, Manufacturing Services, which has the distinction of having been named Manufacturer of the Year by the South Florida Manufacturers Association, added the federal government to its long list of satisfied customers.
The Plant Nursery offers hands-on experience in all facets of growing and caring for plants. It is one of the largest bedding plant nurseries in Palm Beach County, with an output of close to 1 million annuals and perennials each year that are sold to wholesale customers, including municipalities, country clubs, residential developments, landscape contractors, property management companies and garden centers.
The Center’s vocational training programs are augmented by an assortment of support services, such as counseling, computer training, functional academics, job placement, and a number of leisure-time and recreational activities. The goal for many of the Center’s adults is eventual employment in the community.
Bill Ferris, who has been the Center’s Executive Director for the past 23 years, expressed his profound appreciation to everyone who’s contributed to the organization’s growth and development and, most importantly, to the advancement of those with disabilities. “We are blessed, indeed, to have so many loyal and generous supporters for whom we are eternally grateful,” Ferris said.
For more information, call 561-483-4200 or visit www.habcenter.com.
PETAL PUSHERS: The Habilitation Center Board of Directors, left, Vice President Ruth Feigl of Boca Raton, right, President Karen Morrison of Delray Beach and, back, Executive Director William Ferris of Palm Beach speak with clients, front, Scott Costa of Davie and, back, David Campdell of Oakland Park who work in the plant nursery located on the center’s 10 acre property in Boca Raton.