The Enrichment Center Is About Living a Great Life

35 Years and Growing!

At The Enrichment Center, we believe everyone in our community deserves to live a great life -- the best life possible!

Founded in 1983 by a small group of parents who wanted to create a continuous learning environment for their adult children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, The Enrichment Center is an affiliated chapter of The Arc.

Today The Enrichment Center serves nearly 200 local individuals and their families, empowering them through art, education and employment.


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. We live out our mission by offering a variety of programs that allow students to earn a living, be recognized for their artistic talent, and live as independently as they wish to live.


Our vision is to inspire and support every adult with an intellectual or developmental disability in our community. Our goal is to eliminate the waiting list for participation in The Enrichment Center programs by 2018.


  • We believe in our mission.
  • We believe in diversity, where all people are valued for their differences and the uniqueness they bring to our organization.
  • We believe in the highest level of education for everyone.
  • We believe in stewardship in the use of all resources, donated and earned, financial and human.
  • We believe in teamwork through working together and supporting one another, appreciating everyone for their differences, individual talents and abilities, by exemplifying respect and sensitivity among all staff, volunteers, clients and community partners.
  • We believe that innovation and vision are essential to our future and encourage new ideas from all partners and stakeholders.
  • We believe that all organizational information should be treated with complete confidentiality.
  • We believe in recognizing the achievements of all participants, families, donors, volunteers, community partners and staff.

Board of Directors 2016-2017

Melanie Barbee, President
Patton Lowe, Vice President
Dave Mazza, Past President
Susan Parks, Secretary
Pat Gillooly, Treasurer
Joe Aldridge
Dr. Elizabeth Allen
Carmen Canales
Marcia Cole
Tim Gallagher
Andrea McDonald Gymer
Dennis Heuer
Laura Miller
Angie Murphrey
Noelle Nichols
Jason Phillips
Scott Rempe
Suzanna Watkins
Georgiana Yonuschot

Accreditation and Financials

The Enrichment Center is accredited by CARF International (the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities). For more information click here.

2015-2016:   Annual Report   Form 990

2014-2015:   Annual Report   Form 990 


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Upcoming Events

July 28, 2017
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Opening reception for Gateway Gallery's exhibit THE COLOR OF SOUND
September 22, 2017
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Opening reception for Gateway Gallery's exhibit DISCOVERING HOME
November 10, 2017
5:00pm to 7:30pm
Opening reception for Gateway Gallery's exhibit BUY SOME CHEER