Cornerstone Autism Center opened a second location in Greenwood, IN at 2 N. Madison Avenue on May 1st, 2017. Occupying the historic Polk Building in the heart of downtown Greenwood, Chief Operating Officer Debbie Ide and Chief Clinical Officer Ken Weadick knew the building would be the perfect complement to the existing center on Polk Street. As Cornerstone’s client waiting list grew, the opportunity to expand became more of a reality. This new building allows Cornerstone to not only serve more children, but to design the space with a unique target group in mind.
“Quality services for teens and young adults with autism are in great demand and we have the desire and ability to provide them,” report the owners. “Children who are a bit older or who are on the cusp of transitioning back to a traditional learning environment are the focus of this building, while the main center just minutes away continues to serve our younger clients.”
The center on Madison Avenue has a target population of teens and young adults in which we can offer services particularly for them. The space encourages a natural environment for clients, with room themes capitalizing on their needs and nterests. Some of these themes include a Classroom, Library, Transportation Room, Game Room, Superhero/Drama Room, Sensory Room, Art Room and Motor Room. There is also a Life Skills Room and Laundry Room to help improve their independence in skills used in everyday life
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on May 3, 2017 attending by the Mayor of Greenwood, Mark W. Meyers. Many patrons of Greenwood and families of Cornerstone came together to officially open the doors of the autism center to the city of Greenwood. The following week on May 10th, Cornerstone hosted an open house for the community to tour the facility and learn more about our services. Many previous employees of the old City Building came nostalgically to see the renovations firsthand.
“It was fascinating to hear past stories of what once was in the Polk Building,” said Mallory Kingrey, MA, BCBA, “Even more so, it’s an honor to be able to continue the value of providing for our community within the historic space.”
June 13, 2017, Becca Tielking