Press Release: 08.08.2012

Unlocking the Potential

Creative Enterprises Inc. Finds a Partner in McCarthy

When seeking a partner for our Heart Hats community involvement program, McCarthy’s Southeast Division knew we needed to identify a special organization. McCarthy found that partner in Lawrenceville, Ga.-based Creative Enterprises Inc., an organization dedicated to fostering success in individuals with disabilities. Since the program’s inception in 1979, the mission of Creative Enterprises has been to assist individuals with disabilities and others with barriers to employment in maximizing their potential. Creative Enterprises provides social, vocational and economically independent programs for adults with a number of disabilities, ranging from mental or emotional to physical disabilities.

The programs provided by Creative Enterprises give their clients opportunities to connect and contribute to the community while learning valuable job skills. In Creative Enterprises’ sprawling greenhouse, clients grow plants, fruits and vegetables, available to the public for purchase. The organization’s thrift store, also open to the public, is another successful program that gives clients the opportunity to engage with the community and learn the retail business. Additional programs include an on-site licensed animal shelter where clients are responsible for the care of animals, an art program, and a workshop program where clients provide assistance to local businesses.

Over the years, Creative Enterprises has undergone a number of changes, including growth on its campus to provide new services. With the recent acquisition of a new building and plans for expanded services, Creative Enterprises found a partner in McCarthy’s Southeast Division to bring their vision of an enhanced center to fruition.

“Creative Enterprises is a collection of inspiring and passionate individuals,” said Kevin Kuntz, McCarthy Southeast Division president. “The opportunity to give back to an organization that has given so much to the community made for a memorable experience for the entire McCarthy team.”

Over two days, the McCarthy team provided a number of renovations to the Lawrenceville facility. The team converted four small rooms into one large classroom, replaced old carpet, and refinished and painted walls. Future renovation plans also include new tile flooring and additional shelving for the thrift store.

“These new renovations are a tremendous addition to our center and will serve our current and future clients for years to come,” said Leigh McIntosh, executive director of Creative Enterprises. “McCarthy’s generosity and support of our mission is appreciated by everyone here at Creative Enterprises.”

About McCarthy Heart Hats
A 100 percent employee-owned company, McCarthy employees are passionate about building better communities. The McCarthy Heart Hats program is the volunteer-based community outreach program of McCarthy dedicated to encouraging, supporting and recognizing McCarthy volunteer efforts in a variety of causes to ensure real needs are being met in communities where employees work, live and play.

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