POLLOK, TX (KTRE) - The state-supported living center in Pollok celebrated the grand opening of its Rustic Corner Market on Friday, which will provide ways for residents to earn money while learning important workforce skills.
The market sells plants, woodworking and handcrafted items, and produce grown by residents in the center’s garden.
“Several years ago we started with one garden planted down in our [retreat] area; it was more for therapeutic and recreational purposes,” said Lisa Currington, director of employment and day services at State-Sponsored Living Center. “But it kind of got to grow into a big and important thing.”
The state-supported living center is a 24-hour residential facility which serves people with intellectual disabilities. Over the years, and at the urging of the residents, the program into a vocational training program to teach residents.
Lynn Hopper said the market offers residents the skills and opportunity to re-enter the workforce one day.
“They are actually entered into the workforce here at the facility. For many, this is part of their job," said Hopper. “They’re paid just like anyone else who has a job.”
“What we really want is to teach them a skill, a job skill; something that will transfer to the community,” Currington added. “And that they will have something to take with them and be employable when they leave here to the community.”
The Rustic Corner Market does not have a set hours of operation just yet; Currington said hours will depend on the amount of products the market has to sell, especially from the garden.
“Again, this is a vehicle by which to sell some of the products that come out of the garden, as well as the greenhouse,” said Currington. “We added a woodshop to our vocational program and individuals are building and learning [carpentry].”
If you’d like to learn more about the Rustic Corner Market, or to ask how you can get involved at the facility, you can contact the state-supported living center.