The Stevens Center


Mission Statement

The Stevens Center provides personalized support
for individuals with developmental disabilities
to live fulfilling lives in a welcoming community.

The Stevens Center is a nonprofit agency located in Sanford, North Carolina. The Stevens Center philosophy is based on treating all people, including those with disabilities, as equals and with respect. Services provided by the Stevens Center are designed to provide the support people with disabilities need to be an active member of the community, to empower rather than control.

The Stevens Center began as an idea in the 1980's by Jane Stevens. Ms. Stevens had created and begun teaching a Sunday school class for youths with disabilities in the mid 1970's. In 1989 Ms. Stevens told Ron Huber, a father of a daughter with an intellectual disability, that she wanted to donate a parcel of land to be used "to create a place where people with disabilities were treated like first class people." A nonprofit agency, the Stevens Foundation, was created to accept the donation and begin making that dream a reality. In 2007 the agency name was changed to the Stevens Center.

In 2001, after years of fundraising and planning, construction of an education/recreational facility began. The facility was dedicated in May, 2002. The center was run entirely by volunteers until January 2004, when Roger M. Bailey was hired. He still serves as executive director.

From this point on the employee base has grown, but volunteers continue to play an important role. Volunteers help connect people with disabilities with people in the community.

Donations to the Stevens Center are tax deductible as permitted by law.

1576 Kelly Drive
Sanford NC 27330

The Stevens Center is housed in a 15,500 square foot multipurpose facility designed to support the Center in meeting its mission. The Center is located at 1576 Kelly Drive, 1 mile east of Central Carolina Community College and the Dennis Wicker Civic Center.

All rooms of the Center are designed to accommodate persons with disabilities. Features of the Center include:

Multi-Purpose Room/Gymnasium
Locker Room
Computer Resource Lab
Classroom (The Red Room)
Main Hallway

We would love for you to come by and tour our facility. We also welcome group tours with prior reservations.