For 24 years, the Productive Living Board for St. Louis County Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (PLB) has partnered with the Center to create opportunities for people to thrive in the homes, communities and jobs of their choosing. The PLB was established in 1979 when St. Louis County voters passed a property tax levy to develop supports for and improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Last year, the PLB awarded $21.7 million to 35 nonprofit agencies that helped 4,200 people. The PLB supports innovative programs – such as the Center’s employment and vocational services, our community support services and the Adaptive Equipment Lending Library – all of which dramatically improve people’s the quality of life and increase independence.

The PLB was instrumental in helping the Center launch our two social enterprises, Destination Desserts and Wags in a Bag. They were the first funder to step up and support the concept of creating these businesses. The PLB is partnering with us on our expansion to a new headquarters by generously committing funding for two commercial kitchens and universal design elements.

training-wagsThe new kitchens will allow us to create a sustainable business model with more menu offerings and space to train more people in bakery skills. The universal design standards will include a stateof-the-art program area for people with autism spectrum disorders to improve our ability to help them build skills and learn strategies for independence and future employment.

Thank you, PLB, for your confidence in us and for providing opportunities for individuals of all abilities to fulfill their potential!