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Charity Spotlight: Programs for Exceptional People

PEP’s experienced staff and core of volunteers act as educators, facilitators, job coaches and role models to its members who participate in daily structured activities that promote personal growth and accentuate strengths.

MISSION: “To promote independence, social interaction and employment opportunities for adults who live with intellectual disabilities.”

HISTORY: Programs for Exceptional People (PEP) started more than 20 years ago as the vision of six local families. The founders were committed to providing a supported therapeutic environment where their adult children could learn, work and play. PEP was incorporated on Dec. 11, 1995, and has a campus-like setting at 10 Oak Park Drive on Hilton Head Island. Earlier this year, it opened a satellite facility at 163 Bluffton Road.

WHO IT HELPS: Members participate in daily structured activities that promote personal growth and accentuate strengths. PEP’s experienced staff and core of volunteers act as educators, facilitators, job coaches and role models. PEP contracts locally with both Beaufort and Jasper counties to provide an individualized program of opportunities that promote access to the greater community. It is licensed by the state of South Carolina to provide services for adults who reside in Beaufort and Jasper counties. Eligible individuals who participate in PEP’s licensed activities have a primary diagnosis of an intellectual disability.

HOW TO HELP: PEP is a 501(c)3 organization, and is required to register annually with the South Carolina Secretary of State’s office. Per PEP’s most recent tax filing, 90.4 percent of all organizational expenses are used for programs. PEP receives less than 60 percent of its annual operating budget from established governmental sources. The remainder is realized through donations, work contracts and revenue generated from its micro-businesses. Gifts of time, talent and monetary resources are appreciated. Donated items of value are welcomed.

For more information on Programs for Exceptional People: Call executive director Steve Maglione at 843-681-8021, email [email protected] or go to pephhi.org.

Katie Usefara, Catherine McDermott and Robert Hamilton display ceramic art pieces they fired in one of the program’s kilns.

 

Lindsay Persoon is a PEP ceramic artist. She is displaying a turtle she created at the Bluffton Farmer’s Market.

 

Corey McCall is one of PEP’s ceramic artists. He is displaying the group’s work at the Bluffton Farmer’s Market.

 

 

Shawn McEvoy is one of the hard-working members of PEP’s lawn crew.

 

 

Robert Hamilton is one of the hard-working members of the PEP’s lawn crew.