HVO receives Evergreen Foundation grant

Apr 10, 2014

Haywood Vocational Opportunities, Inc., a non-profit in Haywood County, has recently received $27,800 in grant money from the Evergreen Foundation to purchase a new 15-passenger van.  HVO’s mission is to serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health, socio-economic disadvantages, and substance abuse recovery. This van will be utilized to transport clients to numerous HVO-related activities including daily employment, educational opportunities, cultural events, volunteer work, and supervised leisure activities in the community. The new van will replace HVO’s retired 1995 passenger van and provide HVO clients with additional opportunities to improve their quality of life.

“HVO greatly appreciates the support of the Evergreen Foundation and thanks the foundation for its long term support of persons with disabilities,” said George Marshall, president of HVO.

HVO annually provides employment and employment training to over 225 individuals with a broad range of disabilities and barriers to employment. While serving persons in Haywood County for over 40 years, HVO operates as a social enterprise that primarily supports medical products manufacturing domestically and internationally. For additional information on Haywood Vocational Opportunities and its services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, visit www.hvoinc.com.

The mission of the Evergreen Foundation is to improve access to and public awareness of quality prevention, treatment, and support services by the provider community to individuals and families with intellectual/developmental disabilities, behavioral health, and/or substance abuse needs in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. To learn more about the Evergreen Foundation, visit www.evergreenfoundaitonnc.org.


Comments (1)
Posted by: Scott Lilly | Apr 11, 2014 11:32

I'd like to hear more about this HVO organization.  Not too long ago I think I read they were slowing down or reducing labor force or something.  And I'm contrasting that with another letter were someone says wages are too low to live in Haywood County.  Those two thoughts don't jive.  A large population of "cheap labor" combined with a manufacturing facility ought to mean lots of work for the HVO.  Is it that the "cheap labor" doesn't want to work at the HVO?  Or does the HVO not have enough sales and marketing talent to get new manufacturing business?  Or does the non-profit structure put profits somewhere that doesn't make their products cheaper or their workforce more productive?  Why isn't this business thriving more?

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