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By Todd Cohen

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Plans by The Enrichment Center in Winston-Salem for new headquarters have received a big boost from the Kresge Foundation in Troy, Mich.

The foundation will give the center $250,000 if it completes its two-year-old $3.2 million capital campaign by Dec. 1. The drive already has raised $2.9 million.

Funds will be used to buy and renovate the former Jones Bakery on South Marshall Street. The 28,000-square-foot building near Old Salem and the N.C. School of the Arts will replace the center’s 11,000-square-foot facility on Coliseum Drive.

The Enrichment Center, formed in 1983, serves people with developmental disabilities through arts and jobs programs.

The group’s new building will include an art studio and commercial gallery, as well as 150-seat theater equipped so disabled people can handle technical production tasks.

The arts program, which involves about 35 people, features initiatives in drama and dance, visual arts, music and poetry that aim to generate income for participants.

Visual artists, for example, sell their work, while dance and drama troupes stage performances.

A percussion ensemble also performs, and recently recorded a compact disc featuring a performance by Sarah Johnson of the School of the Arts faculty.

Participants in the poetry program have contributed to a book of poems that the center hopes to publish soon.

The center’s jobs program, which involves about 15 people, matches disabled individuals with jobs and job coaches. The coaches learn how to do the jobs and then work with disabled individuals on the job until they learn how to do the work themselves.

Steve Lineberger, chief financial officer for First Presbyterian Church, is chair of the capital campaign.

The center also holds an annual fund drive each December. This year’s goal is $45,000, up from the $44,000 that was raised last year.

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