The Enrichment Center Is About Living a Great Life

Creating Masterpieces for 35 Years!

The Enrichment Center helps adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities reach their full potential and achieve their best life. Through art classes, life skills training, community activities and job placement, individuals build on their abilities and connect to the broader community. These efforts enrich their lives, and the life of our community through their inclusion. Many individuals progress to a level of independence and success that would otherwise be unimaginable.

Founded in 1983 by a group of concerned parents to create a continuous learning environment for their adult children with life-long intellectual and developmental disabilities, The Enrichment Center is an affiliated chapter of The Arc. Currently, The Enrichment Center serves more than 200 local individuals and their families, empowering them through art, education and employment.

In our Day Program, My Turn Senior Program and Employment Gateway, The Enrichment Center provides the following Innovations Waiver and B3 Waiver services: Day Supports (individual and group), Community Living Supports, Community Networking, Respite, Supported Employment, Long Term Vocational Supports, Human Resource Development and services contracted with Vocational Rehabilitation such as job development and job coaching. 

Please visit our Events page to learn more about what's happening at The Enrichment Center.

Go here for our annual Holiday and Professional Training Day calendar.

Mission 

Our mission is to empower and enrich adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities enabling them to grow as individuals, live with dignity and have choices in how they fulfill their lives. 

Vision

Our vision is to see every person with an Intellectual/Developmental disability in our community live the best life for them. 

Core Values

People First

We believe that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are defined by their own strengths, abilities, and inherent value – not by their disability.

Equity

We believe that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are entitled to the respect, dignity, equality, safety, and securities accorded to other members of society and are equal before the law.

Community

We believe that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities belong in the community and have fundamental moral, civil and constitutional rights to be fully included and actively participate in all aspects of society.

Self-determination

We believe in self-determination and self-advocacy.  People with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with appropriate resources and supports, can make decisions about their own lives and must be heard on issues that affect their well-being.

Diversity

We believe that society benefits from the contributions of people with diverse personal characteristics (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, age, geographic location, sexual orientation, gender and type of disability).

Board of Directors 2018-2019

Patton Lowe, President - BB&T
Suzanna Watkins, Vice President and Secretary - UNC School of the Arts
Melanie Barbee, Past President - Owner, Rolly's Baby Boutique
Joe Aldridge, Treasurer - BB&T
 
Dr. Elizabeth Allen - Community Volunteer
Michael Collison - Enrichment Center Representative
Leigh Foster - Universal Insurance Company-AAA Carolinas
Tim Gallagher - Tim Gallagher, LLC
John Gist - Community Volunteer
Sonny Haynes - Womble Bond Dickinson
Dennis Heuer - Collins Aerospace
Mona King - Mona + Associates Design
Laura Miller - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton
Angie Murphrey - Community Volunteer
Scott Rempe - Excalibur Direct Marketing Services
Laurie Smith - Wells Fargo
Betty Taylor - Community Volunteer

Accreditation and Financials

The Enrichment Center is accredited by CARF International (the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities). 

2017-2018:   Annual Report    Audit Report     Form 990

2016-2017:   Annual Report    Audit Report     Form 990

2015-2016:   Annual Report    Audit Report     Form 990

2014-2015:   Annual Report    Audit Report     Form 990 

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Upcoming Events

November 9, 2018 5:00pm to January 18, 2019 4:00pm
Current exhibition at Gateway Gallery
January 25, 2019
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Opening reception for Gateway Gallery's exhibit CARNIVAL TIME
March 22, 2019
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Opening reception for Gateway Gallery's exhibit CULTURAL EXPRESSIONS
March 30, 2019
12:00pm to 4:00pm
A day of inclusion to celebrate Community, Diversity and Equity.