Providence Center, a non-profit that supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, welcomed Steve Schuh, Anne Arundel County Executive, and Nancy Schrum, Director of Constituent Services, to its Greenhouses and Gardens at 370 Shore Acres Road in Arnold on August 9, 2016. Joining them were Providence Center’s Acting CEO, Joan Miller; Board President, Chuck Goodman; and Production Manager and Horticulturist, Nathan Ullrich.
Providence Center’s Horticulture Program provides vocational training in a working nursery. It is one of several Providence Center programs that provide job skills training and opportunities for community inclusion. Twenty-two growers produce seasonal plants and perennials for sale, as well as native plants including wetland grasses. Providence Center has supplied plants for numerous large shoreline restoration projects along the Chesapeake Bay and storm water management efforts. Providence Center’s growers also offer floating gardens that beautify the waterfront, help clean local rivers, and provide a habitat for wildlife.
“Providence Center is meeting an important need for our residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” County Executive Schuh stated. “I was glad to see its Horticulture Program first-hand and learn how the growers are building skills and protecting our local environment through a unique wetlands program.”
Joan Miller, Providence Center’s Acting CEO, said, “We want to thank County Executive Schuh and Nancy Schrum for visiting Providence Center and learning about our mission and efforts to improve the environment. Their visit brings visibility to the contributions our growers are making each day to the world around us.”
Providence Center, a non-profit organization based in Anne Arundel County, empowers adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to build skills, gain independence, reach life goals, and find meaningful, contributing roles in their communities.
Providence Center meets the growing needs of nearly 500 men and women through an array of services and supports, including job discovery, vocational training and supported employment, skills training for more independent living, and transportation.
The mission of Providence Center is to provide services that allow individuals with disabilities to enjoy increased self-determination in leading a more independent, valuable and functioning role in society. These support services are individually designed and professionally managed to enable these individuals to exercise higher levels of control over their lives.
For more information about Providence Center’s Horticulture Program, contact Nathan Ullrich, Providence Center’s Production Manager and Horticulturist, at 410-766-2212, ext. 432, or visit www.providencecenter.com.