Flower to the Peo­ple

Ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter to cel­e­brate 30 years of out­stand­ing ser­vice to the com­mu­nity

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - Society Scene - Palm Beach - - Scenario I -

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.

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