The Enrichment Center opened as an arts-oriented day program for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities and became incorporated in 1984. The idea behind the program was to offer a college-like experience to these young adults after high school. The program began with only 3 students and today serves more than 400 individuals.
This incredible program was made possible by the determination of a few loving parents but has been able to grow and flourish thanks to the support from the community and corporate donors. The Enrichment Center relies heavily on these affiliations in order to continue to create avenues of self-reliance and independence for individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities.
The Tar Heel Basement Systems’ leadership team has instituted a “pay it forward” program within their company, which offers support to local organizations throughout the community. Through volunteerism and donations, Tar Heel Basement Systems continues to help non-profit organizations throughout North Carolina. Some of those organizations include the Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, Educator Warehouse, and most recently, the Enrichment Center.
Tar Heel Basement Systems and the Enrichment Center are working together to figure out the most valuable way for Tar Heel Basement Systems to get involved with and benefit the Enrichment Center and its students. Currently, there is a plan to have some of the students paint a mural on the walls of the Tar Heel Basement Systems office.
Additionally, the two organizations are discussing options for The Enrichment Center’s Employment Gateway Program, which will offer an employment opportunity at Tar Heel Basement Systems to one of the adults at the Enrichment Center.
However, most recently Tar Heel Basement Systems has donated a piece of fine art to be offered as an auction item at the Enrichment Center’s largest fundraiser, the Mardi Gras Gala. This annual celebration is held in February and all proceeds are to benefit the Enrichment Center in Winston Salem. This Tanner Janesky limited edition photograph will be the artwork offered at the live silent auction during the gala.
Pictured here are Pete Burgess, Owner of Tar Heel Basement Systems, and Lauren Davis, Development Director at the Enrichment Center, holding the donated artwork for the Mardi Gras fundraiser in February. Photographs were taken at the Enrichment Center’s Gateway Gallery & Studio.