The Athens Activities and Training Center opens Monday (Nov. 12) on Columbus Road next to the newest store of Goodwill Industries of South Central Ohio.
The day hab center will provide services to adults with developmental disabilities and others with disadvantages, focusing on meaningful activities and opportunities that enhance their lives and their connectedness to the community.
Megin Robison, the new supervisor of the center and a former employee of Atco, is excited to open the doors to the 3,600 square foot facility. Supporting people in Athens County who are looking for new experiences is something Robison is passionate about. The team also will include Community Integration Specialists Wendy Cremeans and Michelle Scarborough. They have been preparing for the opening by creating a variety of options to choose in their day-to-day activities. People can come to the center and enjoy engaging in the community in the ways that interest them, trying new experiences, learning new skills and making new friendships.
Goodwill also is a strong advocate of community employment for those with disabilities, offering new vocational skills and helping people learn how to search for opportunities on their own as well as developing resumes and providing other services.
Along with accepting enrollees, Goodwill is seeking volunteers from the community who are willing to share a skill or hobby that enrollees and others may enjoy.
For more information or a tour of the new center, contact Megin Robison at 740-677-9551 or you can stop by for a visit Monday through Friday 10am to 3pm. The center is at 175 Columbus Road, about a mile from U.S. 33. If you are enrolled with the Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities, you can contact your Service and Support Administrator for assistance as well.
This Goodwill organization employees about 240, including 135 with developmental disabilities. Proceeds from the donations sold in the eight stores help support its mission of improving the lives and job opportunities for those with disabilities or disadvantages. Goodwill serves Athens, Ross, Jackson, Hocking, Pike, Pickaway, Vinton and Fayette counties.