The Center for Life Enrichment has worked to positively impact the lives of people with intellectual disabilities in Southern Maryland since 1963. The Center creates customized programs and services to help individuals increase independence, integrate into the workforce and have opportunities for social interaction. Program Director, Arlaine Freeman, shares her excitement about the Center for Life Enrichment’s new location and special moments they have enjoyed over the years in this week’s Friday Focus.
Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.).
The Center for Life Enrichment (TCLE) is a nonprofit organization that supports adults with disabilities in St. Mary’s, Calvert and Charles counties. We believe in meaningful days and dream jobs. We provide staff to approximately 250 individuals so they can access their community to achieve both. Everyone is different and at TCLE our services reflect that. We provide day habilitation services in addition to community programs. Our community programs build each individual’s community network and provides much needed volunteer service to over 20 local organizations. TCLE also provides in-home support and transportation.
Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped)?
Watching people succeed. Whether learning to dial 911, making a simple meal or finding their dream job. Every day at TCLE people are succeeding at whatever is important to them. Large or small, everyone in The Center for Life Enrichment family is genuinely proud of every achievement and we celebrate that.
Q: What is your biggest challenge?
Resources in the form of funding and human capital are ongoing challenges for nonprofit organizations. In our field, funding truly does change lives and we must remain fiscally strong to continue to do so. Staffing is essential to our success, we could not do our job without them. We set high standards for our staff and provide significant training to ensure they are able to support individuals to the highest standard of professionalism possible. Finding good applicants and turning them into excellent staff and ensuring they have a rewarding career is a top priority for The Center for Life Enrichment.
Q: Are there any upcoming events?
Our Calvert location is moving April 1. We are very excited about our new location in the heart of Prince Frederick. It will open up many opportunities for individuals we support in that area. The new facility will also house an employment center which will provide employment search support for graduating high school students with disabilities.
Q: How can people get involved with your organization?
We have a number of ways individuals can become involved at the Center for Life Enrichment:
- We accept monetary donations to support special projects.
- We accept donations of clothes, toys, furniture and everyday knick-knacks at our Vintage Values Thrift Stores, which are also a great place to shop for unique items and bargains! Proceeds from the thrift stores directly support our services.
- We are a United Way Recipient; our campaign number is #56384
- We have a boat and car donation program
- We need employers willing to make someone’s dream job a reality.
Individuals wishing to help or if they would like more information can contact us at 301-373-8100 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org