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When my husband and I were contemplating transitioning Brian from the Rosewood Center in Baltimore about 18 years ago, we didn't really know much about the options that were avaialble to us.

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For many parents, the decision to move their adullt child with a developmental disability from their home to the care of another is a difficult one. For some who made such decisions long ago, it is.........

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Before taking up residence with Center for Social Change nearly 18 years ago, Edwin B. had lived both of his sisters. But, Edwin's behaviors, which led to frequent hospitalizations, had made this......

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Janet N’s mother remembers the changes that took place in their lives after Janet became sick.  When it was clear to her mom that she wouldn't be able to ...............

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Rick Z. came to Center for Social Change nearly twelve years ago in a way that is not so typical. Rick had been receiving supports for another provider agency in Carroll County.........

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Janine R’s parents knew they needed help by the time they first met with Center for Social Change. They had already arranged privately for someone to care for Janine but.............

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Special Projects
Cartridge Project

CSC’s cartridge project is an innovative way to increase our individuals’ independence through our supported employment program. Through this project, our team remanufactures and markets superb quality ink and toner cartridges for copiers, printers, fax machines and all-in-one printers. We thoroughly train our members to remanufacture wide varieties of cartridges. All major imaging components are replaced with top quality parts made in the U.S., and each cartridge is carefully inspected. Our cartridges provide superior quality, big savings, and competitive pricing. In addition, the cartridge project provides employment, job skills and experience, steady income and greater independence for individuals with disabilities.

Pen Project

CSC’s pen making project is a very popular venture. This supported employment project is an innovative way for individuals to learn a unique trade while gaining the independence and self-sufficiency of maintaining job skills. The craft of pen making works to advance various skills of the participant while creating productive and fruitful resources. The individuals involved receive full and thorough training of the process and always have available job coaches on site. The beautifully crafted pens reflect unique and creative design while maintaining superb functionality and quality. These high-quality pens are sold after production as another supported employment resource for the individuals in our program.

Arts and Crafts Projects

It has been said that art is known to soothe the soul and open the mind. Center for Social Change prides itself in providing the opportunity for its members to express and embrace their originality. The Arts & Crafts Special Project is an initiative of supported employment that focuses on the prospects of self-expression and creativity.
The program works to develop valuable developmental skills (mental and visual), while supplying its members with a fun and resourceful escape. The members work on a variety of artistic projects with the assistance and guidance of a fine arts coach. The arts and crafts project teaches individuals new skills and can provide them with another outlet and source of income. Many of the created projects are displayed and sold as another means to develop positive resources and to help advance individuals as productive members of the community.

Candle Making Project

CSC’s special project of candle making is an innovative way for individuals to learn a valuable trade while partaking in a relaxing and artistic venture. Individuals truly develop their mental skill level through the required concentration and creativity that the process entails. The procedure of candle making is very tranquil and soothing, which is very beneficial for mental health. The members of this project artistically express themselves through the unique designs of the candles. In addition, the popularity of the candle industry makes the project venture a lucrative and positive employment option. The artistically created candles are sold after production as another supported employment resource for the individuals in our program.

Vending Machine Project

CSC’s vending project is a supported employment venture that truly grants its individuals valuable job skills and experience. The involved participants visit locations with assigned job coaches to maintain and take stock of CSC-owned machines that are placed at various locations. Each individual receives one-on-one training to ensure their level of comfort with this “field” opportunity. This special project definitely gives the employees a new source of personal growth, independence, and freedom while improving the quality of life for program members.
To learn more about the program, contact Dana Dimas, Director of Programs at 410.579.6789, or email dana@centerforsocialchange.org, or write to: Center for Social Change Administrative Office 6600 Amberton Drive Elkridge, MD 21075
Telephone: 410.579.6789 1.800.269.0383