South Central Industries (SCI) was established in Shawnee in 1981 to provide vocational training, employment opportunities and residential daily living services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Although SCI currently serves over 50 clients there are many individuals and their families who are still underserved or unserved all together. As of 2017 there were 7,609 developmentally challenged individuals on the Oklahoma waiting list for assistance. In Pottawatomie County there are over 175 handicapped and disabled individuals on the waiting list in need of housing, habilitation training and daily programming assistance. SCI would like to be able to accept more clients and place these individuals in vocations that will provide them with purpose, social outlets, a profitable paycheck, benefits including retirement and provide their families respite, resources and support. The year 2017 saw a dramatic cut in funding from the Department of Oklahoma for programs like SCI. Many disabled individuals were placed in jeopardy of losing their housing, jobs, medical providers and social networks. In order to continue serving current clients and to work toward meeting the need of the under and unserved population, SCI identified the need to diversify its funding sources. As a model social entrepreneur focused on meeting a social need through sustainable revenue streams, SCI’s goal is to expand its revenue producing ventures by marketing to a wider customer base with new product offerings which in addition to a healthier more secure bottom line will also mean more job opportunities for clients. SCI has already made an annual investment of over $72,000/annually in hiring a full time Marketing and Community Relations Coordinator and a Product Development/Customer Development Coordinator. These positions’ main job objectives are educating local and State private businesses about the benefits of SCI, expanding product lines, improving customer service, increasing community social awareness and enhancing SCI’s image through rebranding of logo, marketing materials, videos, messaging, website and creating a campus feel on the four city blocks that SCI occupies through external building repairs and coordinated paint facades. Having community support and understanding is paramount in continuing SCI’s work to raise awareness about developmental disabilities. SCI wants to change the adage, “Don’t stare that is rude," to “Look, Listen, Learn and Lend-a-hand." SCI wants to help break societal barriers that have caused isolation for many of our clients. Acquisition of a strategically placed warehouse (10,000 sq ft for $175,000 w/dock and heat & air) will also allow for product and customer growth and expansion of job opportunities and increased sustainability. Having community support and understanding is paramount in continuing SCI’s work to raise awareness about developmental disabilities. The Anderson Foundation from Austin, Texas, has recently issued a $40,000 matching grant to help toward this purchase.With your assistance and support, SCI will be a trendsetter in this industry as together we set the standard of possibilities for this demographic who seldom gets the recognition for their heroic achievements and desires to be just like you and me.
For more information about South Central Industries, South Central Group Homes, this matching grant project or the business opportunities South Central offers in order to sustain its mission, please contact:
Tina Hanna, Executive Director | 405-275-3851 | firstname.lastname@example.org