July 22, 2017 – Meeting

“50 Years of the Morrow County Developmental Disabilities Organization” presented by Maggie Clark

In 1958, the first class was established by seven dedicated families and was held in the annex of the First Baptist Church.

In 1960, the house in front of the HPM Division was offered rent-free for the purpose of conducting classes.

In 1968, the first school bus was purchased.

In 1973, the current building was opened to house Whetstone School and Industries.

In 1983, the furniture factory was moved to the corner of N Main and North Street, so that it would be more community-based.

In 1990, Whetstone Industries (Adult Activity Center and furniture refinishing and caning) moved into property purchased from the Community Improvement Corporation on Douglas Street.

Currently, “Whetstone Industries” on Douglas Street provides a gathering place for adults to develop skills and talents that promote independence, increase employment and community connection opportunities and participate in a variety of social and community integrated activities.