Liberty Corner Enterprises Inc. (LCE) opened its doors as a non-profit (501)C(3) in March of 1987 with the purpose of providing day supports to six young men with autism.
It was located in a small store front at the corner of South Liberty (hence the name) and Chestnut streets in Asheville NC.
The first year budget was $48,000 employing 2 full and one part-time staff.
By 1988, we were supporting 15 people and had out grown our small store front and moved to Biltmore Ave which was called home for the next 8 years.
In 1992, LCE began the first of many residential homes for persons who were diagnosed as both intellectually disabled and mentally ill.
Our present location at 147 Coxe Ave. was purchased and remodeled in 1995 and we moved in 1996.
In 2001, Clearview Touch of Home was built and is the only group home in Southeastern United States for person who are deaf/blind/multi-handicapped.
In 2002, we closed the sheltered work shop and are now supporting people in community jobs- real work for at least minimum wage. (Supported Employment)
2008 brought the completion of a 9 unit apartment building for persons with disabilities, Windemere Apartments in West Asheville.
In 2011, LCE developed a Hydroponics Operation. An urban farm that grows herbs, using only organic chemicals, water and timed lighting to grow organic herbs quickly (from propagation to harvest in about six to eight weeks). Product is sold to local grocery stores and restaurants, and provides work for 6 to 8 individuals.
Presently we support an average of 150 individuals per year.