It is with great regret I inform you about the decision to dissolve the Joy A. Shabazz Center for Independent Living, dba Joy A. Shabazz Center for Disability Rights.
Joy A. Shabazz Center for Disability Rights has proudly served our consumers, communities, and colleagues with great honor over the past 27 years; continuing the legacy of Founders Aaron and Joy Shabazz. Our staff absolutely enjoyed the work we have accomplished to include making the community more accessible to persons with disabilities by removing barriers, advocating for disability rights, education and awareness of disability issues, transitioning persons with significant disabilities from nursing facilities into a community-based setting, increasing independence for the population we serve, and peer support services.
Due to extenuating circumstances regarding several internal incidents with Joy A. Shabazz Center, the board of directors unanimously decided after careful consideration from a number of consultants that include various professional and government entities it would be in the best interest for the Center to voluntarily close its doors effective immediately.
I am grateful to have been a part of the Center for 20+ years. My sincere desire is for consumers in the region we have served so well will soon receive independent living services equivalent to what we have provided for many years. On behalf of the Center, our board, and our staff we thank you for your support and well wishes as we embark on new endeavors.
Benita Williams, Executive Director
Officers and Board of Directors:
Paul LaVack, (Chair), Jamey Gaddy (Vice Chair), Berneta Lemon (Secretary/Treasurer), Nancy Fitzgerald, Dewey Mckoy, Mary Walston, Matthew Fowler