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June 8, 2017

Emory Valley Center Announces New Building and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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Emory Valley Center is happy to announce a ribbon cutting celebration for their new building, scheduled for Friday, June 16 at 10:00 a.m.  Everyone in the community is invited to attend.

The capital campaign for a new building began eight years ago when Emory Valley Center was informed of plans by the owners for probable demolition of the building the organization utilized for some of its services to people with disabilities.  Capital Campaign co-chairpersons, Dr. Gene Caldwell and Ms. Dottie Thompson, led the fundraising efforts for this project until this past March when Dr. Caldwell passed away.  Through their efforts and others helping with securing funds, business and individual donors and grant awards for the project, the dream of a new building is becoming a reality.

“We are incredibly grateful to our community advocates who worked so hard and have continued to contribute to make our new building a reality,” said EVC President Jennifer Enderson. “This has been a significant undertaking led by Dr. Caldwell and Ms. Thompson and supported for several years by many in our community.  We’re looking forward to sharing our building with everyone at the ribbon cutting celebration and opening it up to community partnerships in the future.”

Hickory Construction began the building project for Emory Valley Center last April and has been steadfast in their partnership for its timely completion.  Hickory Construction built its first project in Maryville in 1977, launching one of the most respected general contractors in East Tennessee.  Having recently celebrated their 40th Anniversary, Hickory and its professional staff have built customers’ trust based on performance and management of their residential, commercial and industrial projects with attention to every detail.  The company prides itself on excelling in the areas of personal service, accurate estimating, schedule commitment, financial security and a safe workplace.

“We join our client team at Emory Valley Center in celebrating this momentous occasion,” said Hickory Construction Vice President of Commercial Operations Chris Duncan. “It’s been a privilege for Hickory to be involved in a project so widely supported and valued by the regional community. We honor the labor of love that the late Dr. Caldwell, Ms. Thompson, Emory Valley Center’s employees and countless volunteers and donors made toward making this project a reality. We feel proud of how this new facility will serve community neighbors with disabilities for many decades to come.”

Emory Valley Center has been meeting the needs of people with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities in the East Tennessee community for more than 62 years and currently provides a wide variety of services including:  Community Based Day Enrichment, Employment and Community First Services, Supported Living, Residential Habilitation, Family Model Residential, Semi-Independent Living, Vocational Training, Supported Employment, Personal Assistance, Transportation, Nursing, Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Adult Day Services, Family Support, In-Home Day, Early Intervention Program, Inclusive Early Learning Center (preschool), and Representative and Payee services.  This support reaches more than 1,300 adults and children on a monthly basis located in 16 East Tennessee counties.

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