Almost 30 years ago, our Founder, Martha Thompson, saw a need in our community and began work on helping to provide people with developmental disabilities an opportunity for something meaningful to do during the day. Liberty Corner Enterprises, Inc. (LCE) opened its doors as a non-profit (501)c(3) in March of 1987 in a small store front at the corner of South Liberty (hence the name) and Chestnut streets in Asheville with the purpose of providing day supports to six young men with autism. During our first year we employed two full-time and one part-time employee with a budget of $48,000. By 1988, we were supporting 15 people and had outgrown our small store front and moved to Biltmore Ave which was called home for the next 8 years.
In 1992, LCE opened the first of many residential homes for persons who needed support with an intellectual and developmental disability and a mental health issue.
We occupied our next home office location on Coxe Ave for 18 years after we purchased it in 1995. We continued to run a sheltered workshop until 2002 when we made the decision to dedicate our employment services to helping people find competitive, fairly-compensated jobs in the community.
We began our commitment to affordable housing when, in 2008, we opened Windemere Apartments, a 9 unit apartment building in West Asheville, designed to help provide housing to people with any type of disability and low income.
Today, LCE supports people in 7 group homes in Buncombe, Haywood and Swain Counties. We provide Employment, Residential and Community Services and Supports as well as affordable housing help and property management of Windemere Apartments. Our main office is in the Oakley area next to Oakley Park and the Buncombe County Library and Community Center. Stop by for a visit to learn more about LCE.