Pictured from left are PEP members Robert Hamilton, Lindsay Persoon, Joseph Taylor and Valerie Hemily, who have been working as a team to renovate the new PEP Bluffton Facility. PHOTO COURTESY PEP

Since 1995, Programs for Exceptional People (PEP) has served adults with intellectual challenges from Hilton Head Island, most recently at 10 Oak Park Dr.

Soon, though, members of the organization will have also a space in Bluffton for their activities.

PEP has acquired a facility at 163 Bluffton Rd. The new space is approximately 2,000 square feet.

Funding was provided “with the support of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, and the generosity of several community members,” according to a press release.

PEP members have been helping paint the space in preparation for the opening, which is anticipated within a couple of weeks.

“We are still going through inspections,” said Steve Maglione, executive director of the organization. “We cannot set an opening (date) until that has been completed.”

The organization received its business license from the Town of Bluffton Jan. 25.

Maglione said the move “reflects a growing need for PEP services and supports in other areas of our local region.”

The new space will have room to expand the organization’s popular PEP Potters ceramic arts program.

PEP members will have the opportunity to pursue supported vocational training there through contract work, Maglione said.

“The PEP Lawn Care and Garden micro-business will likely be co-located there this spring,” he wrote in a press release. “The growth of the Bluffton retail market will also provide PEP members with new opportunities to pursue competitive employment.”

The facility will be staffed by instructors who have been trained as employment specialists.

PEP is a state licensed and accredited adult activity center whose mission is to promote independence, social interaction, and employment opportunities for adults who live with intellectual disabilities.

For more information, or to donate gifts of time, talent or resources, contact Maglione at 843-681-8021 or smaglione @pephhi.org.