Shown are (from the left) Pam Bowen of GKN Freight Services Finance, Carla Frank, Thomas Edison Center program manager; and Thomas Edison Center workers Kathy Vonderau and Jon Burdge. (Photos submitted)
Shown are (from the left) Pam Bowen of GKN Freight Services Finance, Carla Frank, Thomas Edison Center program manager; and Thomas Edison Center workers Kathy Vonderau and Jon Burdge. (Photos submitted)

VAN WERT — GKN Freight Services, Inc. has begun utilizing the shredding services of Thomas Edison Center in Van Wert. This will assist the company in its goal of protecting the environment of excess waste, and will also allow the company to utilize this very valuable local resource. GKN Freight Services in Van Wert is the Control Tower for The Americas Region of GKN Group.

Thomas Edison Center is a nonprofit organization who provides services to adults with disabilities. Thomas Edison Center’s mission is to increase opportunities for individuals to learn, live, work and play in the community.

In addition to mini trips and participating in activities, work is provided for individuals who are getting ready to seek community employment. Thomas Edison contracts with six different local companies doing anything from inspecting parts to small piece work. Thomas Edison also has shredding services which continue to grow. All shredding is HIPPA compliant, safe and secure. Lawn Care Services are provided to individuals and businesses starting late March –winter. Small moving and group cleaning is available on an as needed basis. As far as work opportunities, Thomas Edison has a variety of different options available.

In 1978 an adult program was established by the board of the Van Wert County Developmental Disabilities. In 2015 Thomas Edison Adult Center became a private provider agency providing Adult Day Services and Vocational Services.

A monthly calendar is made with many different activities and trips planned. Individuals get the chance to participate in the activities of their choice. Each day is different. Some of the activities provided include swimming, bowling, bocce, darts, ping pong, foosball, air hockey, playing pool, drumming, exercise room, monthly tours, WII tournaments, gaming, cooking, and monthly seasonal activities.

Thomas Edison participates in community events, does volunteer work, and is constantly striving to prepare individuals for anything that comes their way. To learn more, please contact them at 419-238-1514.