Greater Easley and Powdersville News


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10/12/2022 Milestone Anniversary
Pickens County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs Celebrates 50 Years

Pickens County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs (PCBDSN) has celebrated its 50 years of service through a fall festival, a Concurrent Resolution adopted by SC Senate and SC House, and now a 50th Milestone Anniversary celebration with the Easley Chamber. In attendance were Executive Director, Elaine Thena, staff, clients, and chamber ambassador.
As part of the celebration, Chamber President, Cindy Hopkins presented a 50th Milestone Anniversary certificate to Pickens County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs for its 50 years of success in Pickens County and for the contributions they have made to Easley. Shortly after, Elaine explained the Concurrent Resolution which was pushed by Senator Rex Rice. It was adopted by SC Senate and SC House and it “congratulates the Pickens County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs upon the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary and commends the organization for its many years of dedicated service to the Pickens community and the people and the state of South Carolina”.
Shortly after that, the employee of the year was announced. The recipient is a team player, goes above and beyond, always has a willingness to help others, and leads with determination and class. All were excited and cheered for Elizabeth Smith, the LPN nurse.
PCBDSN was created in 1972 by families who wanted more for their children. It started with the name, Better Skills, Inc which had two staff members and five clients. Three of the original clients are still part of PCBDSN. Now, 50 years later, it’s  Pickens County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs and they work with other organizations to provide services to over 200 people in Pickens County who have intellectual disabilities, autism, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and conditions related to these four disabilities. They have staff 24 hours a day, 15 community training homes with 60 individuals, and a supervised living program that is apartment based with 22 individuals. The services rendered also include support and assistance for infants, children, and adults within Pickens County.
Day Program Services are provided which range from opportunities with employment, transportation, social and recreational activities, micro-business, learning experiences, and more. To learn more about PCBDSN programs and services, and for ways to get involved, call 864-859-5416. You can also call to schedule a tour of the facility located at 1308 Griffin Mill Road, Easley. Lastly, click here to view photos from their fall festival.