Penn-Mar Human Services celebrated the opening of its new York County facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony this week.
The new Penn-Mar Day Learning Center, located in Hopewell Township, was designed to support and meet the needs of Penn-Mar’s 400 clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities in southern York County and several counties in Maryland, said Gregory Miller, president and CEO of the nonprofit, which offers residential, respite, educational and vocational programs
Penn-Mar purchased the 35,000 square-foot warehouse last owned by retailer Shenk & Tittle for $2.989 million.
“Our new facility will allow us to better assist each individual we support to increase their level of participation in the community,” Miller said.
Penn-Mar staff members and clients have been relocating from their former site in Springfield Township for the past five weeks.
The old building previously housed Tyco Electronics and AMP Corp., said Jonathan Kinsley, president and CEO of Kinsley Construction Inc. and Penn-Mar board chairman. While the building served its purpose at the time, services for those with developmental and intellectual abilities have evolved. The new center features training rooms and labs as well as more specialized services like music and art therapy.
“It’s a much more up-to-date facility. Though its less square footage, it better supports both the individuals that use the services as well as the people employed there,” Kinsley said.
Though it has no immediate plans to extend its geographical footprint in Pennsylvania, Penn-Mar has plans to renovate its facility in Maryland this spring.