HAZARD — On March 1, a new nonprofit will officially open in Hazard with a mission of helping people with disabilities live happily and independently. The disABILITY Resource Center is located in the Hazard Village Shopping Center beside China Buffet. The center’s staff will cover a broad spectrum of self advocacy needs for people of all ages living with any type of disability.
The disABILITY Resource Center is made possible by a large government grant. The center provides services for a five-county region, which consists of Perry, Bell, Harlan, Leslie and Letcher counties. Disables people can sign up for one or more of the center’s core services of “Information and Referral, Peer Support, Advocacy, Independent Living Skills, Training and Transition” whenever they might need those services.
Melanie Potts is the disABILITY Resource Center Associate Director. Potts says she is excited to become part of the Hazard community.
“We want to bond with other groups and nonprofits here in Hazard,” Potts said, “and we want to get the word out and let people know that we are here to help.”
As part of the center’s policy, 51 percent of the staff is made up of disabled people. The center works completely with the needs of disabled staff members. Anyone interested in learning more about staff positions can contact the center. Having people with disabilities as part of the team is important because the disABILITY Resource Center also offers peer support. Currently, the Resource Center plans to host four parties each year as social events for those utilizing their services.
The disABILITY Resource Center covers a vast spectrum of life skills needs for those with disabilities. For more information, Melanie Potts can be reached at [email protected] or 606-436-0000. The office’s address is 242 Village Lane Hazard, Kentucky 41701.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.