We are saddened to report that Carmella Bevivino, our long-time Okatie Thrift Store manager, lost her battle with cancer and passed away in December. She had been a volunteer at the store for many years before she took over as store manager in 2017. She had a great love for persons with disabilities and their caregivers, especially since her daughter has two sons with disabilities. She and her husband Domenick were often working together in the store, with Dom polishing up silver or stainless steel items in the office while Carm managed the store operations.
Carm enjoyed interacting with the volunteers and customers who often became regulars because of her welcoming attitude and her joy at seeing them return to the store. She continued working despite ill health through the end of October, mostly to help support both her husband and her daughter and grandsons. She will be greatly missed by the many patrons and volunteers whose lives she impacted at the store. May she rest in peace!
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.
"One of the most important lessons the ADA taught me that had little to do with ramps or elevators is that the American people have a deep if sometimes unconscious desire to do good things and to celebrate our unifying values. In spite of some of the contentious litigation it caused, the ADA gave Americans an excuse for such celebration."
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