Since 1959, Palm Beach Habilitation Center has provided adults with disabilities opportunities and services that promote independence and opportunities to integrate into the community – through job training and a host of other services.
When we introduced a variety of cultural arts to our participants, miracles happened. Participating in art, music, photography, theater, crafts, and culinary arts activities provided new ways to express themselves, and opened new doors both personally and professionally. Not only did it unlock creativity, it also aided in the development of interpersonal skills necessary for employment and community participation. Art enhances all our lives, and because it has been so successful on a small scale we are now taking steps to make it available to hundreds more by building a new Cultural Arts Building.
The 10,000-square-foot Cultural Arts Center at our Palm Springs campus will make arts and culture available daily to more of our program participants. Artists in the program will participate in community exhibitions and create paintings and hand-made textile art for sale. Those in the culinary arts program learn cooking skills that can result in work in our kitchen, area restaurants or country clubs. Those who live independently also learn proper nutrition and how to cook for themselves.
The wide variety of offerings this building will allow enhances each individual’s opportunities to obtain community-based employment and living as they broaden the scope of their experience and perspective of the world.
The need is obvious from the results we already see daily. Verbal expression is difficult for many participants, and this program gives them the opportunity to express themselves and take pride in their creations. Moreover, it helps them to engage in their community. We have seen an increase in self-esteem in participants, and it has allowed some participants to interact more with their families.
Sheltering in Place
As an added bonus the building will be hurricane-hardened and will provide shelter during emergencies to our clients and their families. There are no other special needs shelters in Palm Beach County for people with developmental disabilities The building will have the capacity to support 75 people plus support staff, and will have its own generator and self-contained kitchen.
Never before have we had the opportunity to provide cultural arts to so many. This building will allow us to expand our services to individuals with disabilities, increase our instructional staff, expand our offerings and community excursions and generally help improve the quality of life to some of our county’s most deserving members. The wide variety of offerings this building will allow will enhance each individual’s ability to obtain community-based employment and living opportunities as they broaden the scope of their experience and perspective.
You Can Open Doors
Your donations will go far in making this a reality and leave a lasting legacy. This facility will open doors to new opportunities to adults with disabilities, enhancing their lives through community work and living.