JULY 7th, 2022 | Norfolk, Virginia
After nearly 20 years of delivering its mission on the Peninsula, Eggleston has invested over $2.3 million to continue to provide key services for adults with disabilities in this region of Hampton Roads. Earlier this year, Eggleston opened a new day program facility, the Eggleston Wellness Center, at 645 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard in Newport News and purchased two homes for its residential services program.
Until recently, Eggleston leased a building and four residential homes on the 40-acre campus of the Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Foundation campus in Hampton. Once an innovative setting for people with disabilities to live, learn and play, changing legislation meant campus settings like this one are no longer considered community integrated.
Eggleston’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul J. Atkinson Sr. explains, “It is our priority as we grow to ensure our programs and services are inclusive and accessible for those we serve. The way we provide services to people with disabilities today compared to 30 years ago has changed, but the reasons behind them have not. We continue to empower and value the abilities of all persons, and their pursuit for an inclusive life. Eggleston has been a strong provider of services since 1955 and we are fortunate enough to have resources to invest back into our mission and the community."
For over 65 years, Eggleston has helped individuals with disabilities gain independence, confidence, and increased feelings of self-worth through on-the-job training, stable, rewarding work opportunities as well as residential and day support programs. Eggleston empowers and supports nearly 100 individuals with disabilities on the Peninsula each year. Many of the individuals depend on the residential programs for primary care in the absence of their own family. This includes round-the-clock support services in congregate homes to nearly 40 individuals.
Eggleston will celebrate its recent expansion on the Peninsula with an open house event on July 21st from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Eggleston Wellness Center. The ribbon cutting & keynote remarks with Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Mr. John E. Littel will be at 4:30 p.m. The location, previously a women’s weight loss center, has ample space for program services and a fully equipped, state-of-the-art fitness center. Eggleston plans to open this fitness center to the community as a way to create opportunities for people with and without disabilities to connect organically.
Eggleston Wellness Center: 645 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.