UT-Battelle, the managing contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, made the final installment of a $250,000 pledge by presenting a $50,000 check in late December to the Emory Valley Center, a community facility that serves people with disabilities, a press release said.
UT-Battelle made the pledge in 2011 when the Emory Valley Center, which provides services and support for adults and children with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities, began a building program to replace its aging structure. The center’s new building is now under construction.
ORNL Deputy Director for Operations Jeff Smith and Community Relations Manager Leigha Humphries presented the check to Jennifer Enderson, the center’s president.
“Emory Valley Center has been providing a unique set of services and support in our community for more than 60 years,” Smith said in the press release. “UT-Battelle is pleased to have the opportunity to help enable the center’s growth and long term stability in the new facility.”
Emory Valley Center’s new building will incorporate features to assist the center’s clients in living with disabilities. The center’s services will include a vocational opportunity center; adult day care center; medical clinic; speech, physical, and occupational services; and a gym.
“Emory Valley Center continues to appreciate our great community partners like UT-Battelle who pledged their support very early in our capital campaign,” Enderson said. “The building we see under construction today would not have been possible without UT-Battelle and other corporate and individual donors committed to the people we support.”
Emory Valley Center has served the Oak Ridge area community for 61 years. The agency currently provides educational, vocational, residential, and rehabilitation services and programs to more than 1,200 children, adults, and families located in 16 East Tennessee counties.
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