Coastal Center for Developmental Services, Inc.
Coastal Center for Developmental Services, Inc. has been an active part of the Coastal Georgia community for decades. Recognized throughout the state for providing quality services and creating meaningful, innovative work opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities, CCDS continues to grow.
With its nationally accredited programs – Community Employment, Organizational Employment (Quantum), and Community Access (Day Habilitation) – CCDS offers a variety of choices for more than 320 adults on their individual roads toward independence.
With skilled staff providing needed supports, the people in our programs receive personcentered guidance as they work to achieve their own goals.
Under the leadership of Executive Director Kathy Thomson, the staff receives annual and program-specific trainings to stay current on the best possible methods and practices to enhance their service.
CCDS boasts a staff where nearly half has served at the agency for over 15 years, and several have committed to working more than 20 and 30 years! This dedication strengthens the knowledge and relationships among staff members, individuals served, and their families. The Savannah community has embraced CCDS.
Area businesses have hired over 150 individuals in community jobs; universities provide student volunteers; corporate and private donors funded the CCDS Community Garden; businesses offer off-site training to Day Habilitation Program participants; industry leaders hire mobile work crews; CCDS events are held at popular locations across town; and much more. CCDS is often the catalyst for individuals wanting to immerse themselves in the community around them. CCDS hopes to empower the people it serves to the fullest. In 2011, it created its own empowerment campaign – MePower – and challenges everyone to do what they can to empower someone. The MePower Philosophy sums up our beliefs and practices:
JUST THE FACTS AREAS OF PARTICIPATION
Community Employment (WORK)
Individuals are hired by businesses in the community, earning at least minimum wage. Job coaching and long-term support ensure that jobs have the potential of turning into successful careers.
Day Habilitation (COMMUNITY ACCESS) Designed for individuals with lower skill levels and a need for more supports, this program’s aim is to involve everyone in their own community. Speech, physical, and occupational therapists are on-site weekly working with staff and individuals in the program.
Quantum Catering (WORK) Workers learn basic food preparation skills for agency meals and catered meals ordered by businesses, civic groups, and individuals in the community.
Quantum Packaging Assembly (WORK) Companies like Oneida, International Paper, and Kennickell Printing contract with Quantum to produce work by a deadline. Workers fold and fill boxes, adhere labels, perform quality control checks, shrink wrap, palletize, and more. Supervised mobile crews work off-site at businesses.
Quantum Printing (WORK) Individuals complete customer orders in silk-screening, foilstamping, button-making, and ribbon-making. There may be use of the manual production press, tunnel dryer, and washing tub. Other tasks may include typesetting, button making, and folding shirts.
Quantum Specialized Assembly (WORK) Gulfstream Aerospace and JCB contract with us to complete electrical and non-electrical assemblies. Tools (pliers, wire strippers, crimpers, etc.) are used to create complex assemblies on jets and vehicles. For more information on services, self-advocacy opportunities, and MePower partnerships, please join us on our website or contact us for an on-site tour!
OUR PHYSICAL ADDRESS 1249 Eisenhower Drive Savannah, GA 31406
HOURS OF OPERATION We are open and staffed from 8:00 AM until 5:00PM MondayThursday. On Friday, it is 8:00AM until 4:00 PM. We have an on-call emergency contact person 24/7. BY MAIL P. O. Box 13607 Savannah, GA 31416 BY PHONE (912) 644-7500 reaches the receptionist. 1-877-USE-CCDS is our toll-free number. BY FAX You may fax us information securely to (912) 644-7525. BY EMAIL You may reach us at our main email address: email@example.com and it will be redirected as needed. OUR WEBSITES Our main website describes CCDS programs and services, the people who make things happen, and other useful information: www.ccds-sav.org . Our MePower website highlights the relationships and opportunities we have with other businesses, volunteers, and people who support our mission: www.mepower.org Our third website focuses on the businesses CCDS offers through its subsidiary, Quantum, Inc.: www.quantuminc.biz.
CONTACT CINDY BURNS (912) 644-7500