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As a result of the partnership struck up between the soon-to-open Wegmans location at Waugh Chapel in Crofton, Md., and Providence Center, a nonprofit organization serving adults with developmental disabilities, pottery made by the center’s clients will be offered at the store when it debuts next month.
The store will provide dedicated space for Providence Center pottery, as well as information on the organization’s work. Additionally, two Providence Center clients have enrolled in the store’s Supported Employment program.
Late last month, eight Wegmans employees even volunteered their time making pottery with Providence Center clients. “Wegmans has five values, and the one that best applies here is for us to make a difference in every community we serve,” said Store Manager Gerry Troisi. “It is so great to see the enormous pride in the products. We are just very impressed.”
“Our products are top-quality and help our participants gain greater independence by providing them a paycheck for the work they produce,” noted Tom Wright, director of production at the Providence Center, which operates five facilities offering care and training in such programs as horticulture, woodshop, and pottery throughout Maryland’s Anne Arundel County. “This new partnership is an important piece for Providence Center to meet our mission and provide the best care and support to those we serve.”
Rochester, N.Y.-based, family-owned Wegmans Food Markets Inc. currently operates 80 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The Crofton store is slated to open on Sunday, Oct. 28.