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River Edge to Support Christmas Gala for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

River Edge Behavioral Health Center’s Developmental Disabilities Services will support the 3rd annual Christmas Gala Friday, December 4 for individuals in their program and their families and staff.  The event will feature seasonal entertainment from the Central High School (Bibb County) Fine Arts Program and a visit from Santa Claus.  The luncheon party will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hephzibah Children’s Home.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to share the holiday with the individuals we serve,” said Greta O’Dell, director of Developmental Disabilities Services at River Edge.  O’Dell explained, “This event was planned by our Inspirational Leaders advisory council, which consists of individuals from different developmental disabilities services.  This council plans numerous events throughout the year.”

More than 150 guests are expected to attend the festivities, including over 100 individuals River Edge supports in both Options community day services and residential programs.

O’Dell said River Edge supports events like this because “It is River Edge's mission for individuals to be served in the most integrated environment and participate (not just attend) in community activities.  River Edge looks at the different abilities each individual has, instead of the developmental disability.” 

River Edge has locations in four counties—Bibb, Jones, Monroe and Twiggs—to serve Central Georgians with developmental disabilities, including programs for seniors and residential care options.  Staff strive to create customized care plans for each client to ensure the fullest possible participation in recreational, volunteer and employment activities.