Osprey Village - An Inclusive Residential Neighborhood with a Purpose
At Charter One Realty, we cherish the community that we call home. Our company has been a part of Hilton Head Island and the surrounding Lowcountry since 1986, and we view it as our duty to give back in every way we can. Charitable giving and volunteerism is such a big part of who we are, and we thought we might welcome the new year by shining the spotlight on one of the area organizations it is our privilege to support.
Founded in July of 2008, Osprey Village was first conceived by a group of families with children facing developmental disabilities. Currently, Osprey Village provides community-based, individual employment support, job training services, and respite services to individuals in the Beaufort and Jasper County areas who have Medicaid waivers.
But the next phase in this remarkable organization will see its mission fulfilled – to create an inclusive community built from the ground up for adults with special needs, to better serve them and empower them with a sense of independence.
It is a mission that Charter One Realty has been thrilled to support, most recently with a donation of $15,000.
“Our board cannot say enough about the generosity of Charter One Realty,” said Osprey Village Executive Director Jerry Manuel. “We would not be anywhere near where we are without their support and assistance.”
This most recent donation marks the third time Charter One Realty has stepped up to provide Osprey Village with assistance, helping to purchase box trucks for the organization’s two thrift stores. These thrift stores have served as the main support structure for the organization, helping it build on its administrative mechanisms and offer services from job coaching to respite. The thrift stores have also supplied the organization with a deep pool of talent, as well.
“These are the folks who are finding resources, whether through Medicaid, donations or other grants, to build our village,” said Manuel.
The ultimate goal of the organization has always been the foundation of a living, breathing community for those with special needs. That goal is now within reach.
“We are hoping to have 25 acres within the East Argent tract donated to use by the end of this year,” said Manuel. The plan is now for a groundbreaking by the end of 2018, with construction continuing apace for the first residents to move in early in 2019.
It is a big step forward for an organization that found its angel in Manuel, who proves that sometimes you are just in the right place at the right time. An Ohio native, he spent 40 years improving the lives of those with disabilities, on a county level and as the director of the Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.
When he moved to the Lowcountry, he did so to “relax a little bit and retire.” As it turned out, his work was not yet finished improving the lives of those with special needs. He started out as a volunteer with Osprey Village, and when an opening for an executive director presented itself, “They told me, ‘We do not need to look anymore. You are coming out of retirement.’”
Utilizing his expertise in working with government entities, Manuel paved the way for Osprey Village to finally get a home of its own.
“We are thankful for the efforts of Charter One Realty, not only for their financial generosity, but for their belief in what we want to accomplish in creating this village.”
To learn more about Osprey Village, please visit www.ospreyvillage.org.
The organization has two thrift store locations and accept donations during regular business hours. The thrift stores are stocked with gently used furniture, household goods, electronics, clothing and more. Have a furniture donation? Osprey Village offers free pick up of larger items. To schedule a pick up please, call one of the following locations.
Osprey Village Thrift Store Locations
Hilton Head Island Location
2600 Main Street, Unit 101
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(the old bowling center)
Phone: (843) 368-0001
Open Tuesday - Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Open Saturday: 10 am – 1 pm
Closed: Sunday and Monday
2797 North Okatie Highway
Ridgeland, SC 29936
(located near the intersection of Argent Boulevard and Okatie Hwy)
Phone: (843) 645-4505
Open Monday - Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Open Saturday: 10 am – 1 pm