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VersAbility Resources Hosts Ribbon Cutting Open House for New Gloucester Location

VersAbility Ribbon cutting for its new Lewis B. Puller Center (Jillian Appel/WYDaily)

GLOUCESTER — VersAbility Resources hosted a ribbon cutting on June 27 to celebrate the opening of its new Lewis B. Puller Center on Main Street in Gloucester.

“We are excited that the new location will allow us to enhance and expand our services for people of all abilities and their families,” said Kasia Grzelkowski, President and CEO of VersAbility. “This significant investment in the future of services marks a new beginning for those we serve throughout the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck communities.”

VersAbility Resources began operating the Lewis B. Puller Center in 2001 to provide long-term employment, training, and day support services for adults with disabilities. VersAbility Resources said it relocated its day support services to the new location to better serve the communities of the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck.

“As we continue to go forward, we plan on expanding our community engagement program which will our individuals to participate in a variety of activities in the community — not just through the normal nine to five hours but also outside of those hours where they will really be able to have a life like yours or ours,” said Lakisa Ward, Vice President of Programming and Operations.

Ward went on to cite concerts, plays, and amusements as examples of expanded community engagement services.

During the day support program, the center will offer training services to help with a variety of activities to enhance skills and abilities to help individuals’ independence both inside and outside of the home.

“When I asked [my son] what he liked best about the building, he said I like the overhang and the doors where we can pull right up, no steps no ramp,” recalled Lynn Dawson, the mother of one of the center’s attendees. “I have to agree with that. For 19 years we’ve been a part of the Puller Center family, and I, for one, and looking forward to spending many more years watching Mathew and all of his friends just thrive.”

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