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Spring D ell Center, Inc. was created in 1967 to assist individuals with developmental disabilities. The agency originated in the basement of a church and has continued to grow since then. Our growth and expansion has lead us to where we are today, operating from a 30,000 square foot facility, employing over 100 staff and assisting over 200 individuals annually. It is through the generous support and dedication of the citizens of Charles County that we are able to provide new opportunities and choices for all individuals. Spring Dell Center, Inc is in the 47th year of providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities.
It was 1973...Director of Transportation, Patricia Thompson (PT) wanted a place to teach skills to the individuals that she and Spring Dell Center, Inc. were assisting. Her dream started out small. It was located at a church with a space no larger than two walk in closets. Over the years this dream has become a reality for Donna Retzlaff, Executive Director. Three resale stores totaling over 25,000 square feet and 25 plus employees, creates a great niche for Spring Dell Center, Inc. in the thrift store industry.
One of the most common comments heard is that "the store is so clean and organized". The community enjoys the idea of giving gently used items to the stores, which are tax deductible and the proceeds benefit adults with disabilities. Another benefit of the stores is that our homes are becoming clutter free! Shoppers and donors like the donation process that the stores thrive on. A lot of shoppers are heard saying "I just brought three bags in and now I’m buying one to take home!" It is always a fun place to shop because the store changes daily with new merchandise being put out hourly.
The quality resale stores that have been established in the community provide revenue for Spring Dell Center. These stores are also training centers, that teach work skills to individuals with disabilities and they provide a service to the community. What a dream! What a reality!
- Christie Burnett
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