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Babcock Center, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1970, serving men and women with mental retardation, autism, head and spinal cord injury and related lifelong disabilities.
We believe that all persons have the right to choose where and how they learn, live, work, play and socialize.
Our mission is to empower and support each individual to fulfill his or her potential.
People with lifelong disabilities are a vital part of our community. Babcock Center provides them with the training and skills necessary for their personal success-making them contributors to Columbia's economic growth. Babcock Center operates 105 facilities and employs more than 1,200 people throughout the Midlands.
We provide residential and vocational support to more than 1,100 individuals with mental retardation, autism, spinal cord and head injuries and related lifelong disabilities. At Babcock Center, we believe that all people have the right to choose how they learn, live, work and play.
Babcock Center provides day services to 660 individuals. Day services include supported employment and center-based services.
Supported employment services provide opportunities for employment and on-the-job training. These services also develop related skills such as money management, use of public transportation and social development.
Center-based services develop employment, social and personal care skills.
Industrial Services (IS) is a division of Babcock Center that was developed to help adults with developmental disabilities enter into the work force thus providing a previously untapped source of labor for the business community.
Industrial Services training programs emphasize quality, efficiency, and productivity. Vocational opportunities are provided for workers through a variety of methods. These include in-house contracts, industrial woodshop, mobile grounds maintenance, janitorial crews, workstations at various industries, and competitive job placement. Staff with special expertise are available to advise on production layouts, fixtures, and quality development. The Industrial Staff provide free bids, and are available at the customers convenience.
IS provides Babcock Center Vocational Supports Programs with a variety of in-house contracts. These include sorting, collating, bulk mailing, and the assembly of a variety of industrial products.
The industrial woodshop provides local contractors and construction companies with surveyor stakes (flats, hubs, triangles, and special orders) at competitive prices. Additionally, they produce rebar for local surveyors.
Mobile work crews are contracted throughout the community to perform grounds and janitorial maintenance.
Work Stations or enclaves consist of a team of individuals from the Vocational Supports work force and a staff supervisor. IS can provide an instant work force to complete the demands of the customer. IS supervises and pays all its workers, and provides all necessary liability and worker's compensation insurance. Several current work stations include recycling stations, hotels, and several local industrial businesses.
Job Training and Placement Services places our workers in competitive employment in the community. On site job coaches provide free on the job training for individuals that are placed on the job.
Babcock Center also provides transportation to employment, center-based programs, medical appointments and community activities. Transportation services are provided to more than 500 individuals by a fleet of 135 vehicles.
Babcock Center is the largest private provider of residential services for people with disabilities in South Carolina. More than 500 individuals receive residential services through supervised living programs, community training homes and community residences.
Supervised living programs serve adults capable of independence. Individuals live in apartments, duplexes and other housing. Supervision and support services are provided according to individual need. Community training homes offer a home like environment with the supervision of a trained caregiver. They provide individual care, supervision and training.
Community residences resemble single family homes in local neighborhoods. They provide 24-hour care, supervision, counseling, recreation and other activities
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