Pillar Expands Day Programs in Louisville
(LOUISVILLE)--Pillar, a local nonprofit organization that provides supports and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in five counties, is expanding its day programming in Louisville. Through a partnership agreement, Pillar took over operations of Centerstone’s day program, Common Ground, at 2817 Del Rio Place, Louisville, KY last month.
“Partnering with Centerstone has allowed a continuity of supports for the participants at Common Ground, many of which have attended for years,” said Leah Campbell, Executive Director, Pillar. “We at Pillar are incredibly excited to expand our programming further into Jefferson County to maintain quality supports and services for people with disabilities.”
“The partnership enables Centerstone to deepen its focus on case management and waiver supports for more than 1,800 families,” said Abbreial Drane, CPA, MBA, President & CEO, Centerstone in Kentucky. “We are thrilled that Pillar is going to take the reins at Common Ground,” Drane said. “Their 30-year commitment to providing supports to people with disabilities by promoting opportunity, choice, and connection to the community makes them the perfect organization to care for the 36 men and women who attend Common Ground every day.”
“The individuals who attend Common Ground are like family to us, and they will be in good hands because we know that Pillar shares our commitment to the highest quality of care,” said Bonnie Thorson Young, VP, Developmental Services, Centerstone in Kentucky. “While passing the baton is never easy, it will afford Centerstone the opportunity to focus on our many other services and supports we provide to individuals with disabilities to live a full, inclusive life in our community.”
Founded by a small group of parents in 1988, Pillar has grown from a single group home to a system of supports now serving more than 325 adults and children with disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome. Pillar operates 21 homes that are staffed 24 hours a day, a growing supported employment program that helps adults find jobs that are meaningful to them, as well as transportation, case management, and behavior supports.
Last December Pillar opened a new, state-of-the-art Community Engagement Center at Crestwood Station that now serves more than 80 adults each week with an innovative curriculum that includes art, technology, cooking, fitness, and recreation. In addition, Pillar also operates a day program for adults with disabilities in the Hikes Point area. Common Ground has been renamed the Community Engagement Center at Bon Air.
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