Emory Valley Center recently dedicated the Bob Craig Memorial Garden outside of the Adult Enrichment Classrooms in the Daniel Arthur Building. Bob Craig was a longtime community advocate actively involved in the Oak Ridge Lunch Rotary, the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, and a variety of other area business and organization committees and boards.
Through a donation from the Rotary, Emory Valley was able to purchase a park bench and two raised flower beds, making it easier for people with disabilities to participate in planting items. Several people participating in the Emory Valley Enrichment program, staff and volunteers painted the fence, weeded and mulched the area, and created beautiful birdhouses for the garden. There is also a picnic table in the garden for everyone to enjoy.
Emory Valley staff, people supported, and Rotarians joined Bob’s wife, Judy Craig, and two daughters, Kim Moore and Cassie Russell, at the dedication. Family and friends expressed their appreciation and acknowledged Craig would have enjoyed knowing that the Memorial Garden was there for everyone to enjoy.
Emory Valley Center has been meeting the needs of the intellectually and developmentally disabled in the community since 1955. Its mission is to enhance the lives of children, adults, and their families in an environment that promotes independence, dignity, and respect.
Emory Valley Center currently provides a wide variety of services, including facility and community-based day enrichment, supported living, residential habilitation, family model residential, semi-independent living, 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 extends to more than 850 adults and children on a monthly basis with intellectual, physical, and emotional disabilities located in 16 East Tennessee counties.
To learn more about Emory Valley Center and their programs, services, and donation opportunities, please contact Janet Wood, development director, via email at [email protected] or call (865) 813-0576.