Our Osprey Village family was saddened recently to learn of the passing of former Board member Dr. Orval Lee Bowen on July 30, 2021. Lee and his wife, Theresa, were the driving force behind the establishment in April, 2011 of what was originally known as “Heart to Home Thrift Store” located at the intersection of Rt. 170 and Argent Blvd. in Okatie, SC.
Lee joined our Osprey Village Board of Directors at a critical time in our scramble to survive and grow our organization. As a Board member, he was instrumental in putting together a video promotion for OVI and serving on the fundraising and board recruitment subcommittees.
One of his most important accomplishments was to establish our first thrift store in Okatie. Now, Osprey Village operates two such stores, and the one on Main Street is the largest thrift store on Hilton Head Island.
He and Theresa almost single-handedly spent months tracking down a suitable location, putting together the store plans, enlisting an army of volunteers from his neighborhood in Sun City, and painting and renovating the building to open our first thrift store over 10 years ago. They gave countless volunteer hours over the next several years to ensure that the store had a solid business foundation.
The store has been in operation at the same location ever since, generating more than $1,000,000 in overall sales to support Osprey Village’s operations. Many of those original volunteers that the Bowens recruited are still committed to working a regular weekly shift at the store.
We are most grateful to Lee and Theresa for their many years of support for Osprey Village. As Shawn Phillips, who was Board Chair when Lee served on the Board, commented, “He was a terrific guy who had a big heart and a caring personality. If it wasn’t for his hard work, dedication and passion for Osprey Village and our mission, we wouldn’t have had a thrift store.” May he rest in peace.
The Osprey Village Annual Golf Tournament is coming to the Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run, Hilton Head Island on November 7th, 2021. Don't miss this exciting event and please be sure to register by October 25, 2021.
In order to respect the health and safety of our patrons, volunteers and staff, Osprey Village and Osprey Village Thrifts remain diligent to proper health protocols. Currently, we are tracking all information provided by the CDC regarding COVID-19. We continue to utilize remote technology for many of our meetings. We have taken added precautions with disinfecting all items in our store, limiting donation times, and making hand sanitizer available in both thrift locations. Additionally, we kindly ask that patrons, volunteers and staff wear masks in our thrift stores. Thank you for your cooperation!
In November 2017, the city of Hardeeville made a joint announcement with Argent Land Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of Preserve Communities, regarding a new master plan for the East Argent tract. Three years have passed and I have been asked many times about this development. There is now significant activity and I think it’s time to share what’s going on.
Community Leaders, if you could bring a neighbor from frustration to freedom, would you?
Well, you can do just that by joining the Osprey Village Operation Empowerment fundraising campaign. We're looking for true visionaries to take a leadership role and join our massive fundraising drive to help Osprey Village champion the expansion of opportunities and resources for adults with developmental disabilities. Becoming a campaign fundraiser can take as little as fifteen minutes, but it can help us create a lifetime of freedom and opportunity for our current clients and for the future residents of our planned Osprey Village neighborhood.
Talk of the Town sat down with Julie Kuhns, Director of Operations and discussed the exciting new developments with Osprey Village.
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It is important for everyone in the family to have time to relax and rejuvenate so we can all be our best.
This can be challenging in a family where one or more members live with a developmental disability. OVI respite services provide families with the opportunity to take a beneficial break.
Osprey Village is a client-centered service model and future inclusive neighborhood designed to empower adults with developmental disabilities through the creation of new and broader resources. Residents of the Osprey Village development will have an array of safe and attractive lifestyle housing options as well as access to life skills training, job coaching and placement, recreation, and a variety of social opportunities.
At our current pace of progress, it is possible we will be able to start the first residential services for one to two dozen adults in about two years. We are currently working with architects, engineers, and land developers in pursuit of this goal. We are also developing a capital campaign to raise the first million toward a $14 million project. We encourage bold community leaders with vision to invest in this life-changing and community-transforming mission.
While the overriding purpose of our neighborhood will be to accommodate adults with developmental disabilities, anyone may apply to live there and applications will be evaluated much as they would be in any other rental community. Our current projections estimate the average rent for Osprey Village housing will be about $500 per month. Waivers, private pay, and possible scholarship-type awards are among the payment options for housing and services at Osprey Village.
Osprey Village will remain dedicated to creating empowering resources to make it possible for many deserving adults to build lives of freedom and happiness.
Our Okatie regular store hours are Tuesday thru Friday 10:00am-4:30pm and Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm.
Thrift on Main in Hilton Head regular hours are 10:00am-4:00pm Tuesday thru Friday and Saturday 10:00-1:00pm.
When Willaim Dennington thinks about the future, he can almost taste the Dutch soup. "I love cooking, and Dutch soup is my specialty; it has potatoes, hamburger meat ... of it's great," the 24-year-old said. Of course, creating his signature soup will require a kitchen. And that kitchen will require a house. And Dennington is counting the days ...
It's official! Our new sign is posted at the entrance to our parcel just off Rt. 170 in Hardeeville, S.C.
Even through the pandemic emergency, we have continued to work remotely toward the goal of establishing our residential neighborhood in Hardeeville as part of the East Argent development.
2600 Main Street, Unit 101
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
2797 North Okatie Highway,
Okatie, SC 29936