Pillar celebrates grand opening of community engagement center

State-of-the-art center focuses on adults with autism && disabilities

Pillar celebrates grand opening of community engagement center
Pillar's Crestwood Station Community Engagement Center

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Pillar, formerly Apple Patch, held its grand opening ceremony for the brand new state-of-the-art center for adults with autism and other disabilities.

The new 8,000-square-foot Community Engagement Center is located in Crestwood Station and is Pillar’s largest Community Engagement Center by far.

The new center will serve as a model for innovative technology used to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The CEC will feature exciting resources, including:

  • Technology Lab
  • Embracing Creativity Art Studio
  • Music Therapy and Dramatic
  • Resource Center
  • Fitness and Recreational Program
  • Culinary Training Kitchen 
  • Peggy’s Place Café 
  • The Lounge 
  • E3, with state-of-the-art Sensory Room to help people with autism develop and engage their senses

“The mission behind the day program here at Apple Patch is to help be champions of inclusion for the folks that we serve,” said Pillar Community Programs Director Zac LaFollette. "We want our folks active and engaged in their community, as independent as possible. We want them out and involved. We want to bring the community into the program as well. So this facility really the reason behind it that it allowed us to kind of customize the space that was conductive to what we needed, that serves our folks well.”

The Center will serve about 100 individuals with 22 staff. Funding was made possible by community partners, families of participants, and the Department of Local Government in a Community Development Block Grant, sponsored by the Oldham County Fiscal Court.

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