Our History

Liberty Corner Enterprises, Inc. 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, NC 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. Today, LCE supports people with developmental disabilities in Western North Carolina by providing Employment, Residential, and Community services and support. Our vision is to see people with developmental disabilities live their lives, make informed choices, and achieve their dreams.

Through our residential support services, we work with individuals to locate and secure housing that meets their needs – providing an opportunity for these individuals to have a place to call “home,” something everyone should be afforded. Through our Supported Employment Services, we empower individuals by helping them locate meaningful and competitive employment in our community. This process includes plan and resume development, job search and application assistance, interview training and practice, on-the-job training, job sampling/shadowing, and long-term vocational support.

Funded mostly through Medicaid Waiver funding, LCE currently holds contracts with Vaya Health LME/MCO and Partners Behavioral Health LME/MCO. These contracts enable us to provide a wide array of Medicaid services to people with an I/DD and co-occurring behavioral health needs.

For over 20 years, LCE has been using the concepts of the Council on Quality and Leadership’s Personal Outcome Measures (POM) tool to provide individualized support to our members. POM is a person-centered discovery process which allows us to explore the presence, importance, and achievement of outcomes with individuals while also exploring the unique support that each person needs to help them achieve those outcomes. In addition, we utilize Person Centered Thinking and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) concepts when interacting with our members. In fact, the voice of our members is incredibly valuable to us. We aim to empower the people we serve, supporting each person to advocate and make recommendations to us regarding organizational rules and policies – ensuring that our Person-Centered approach throughout each area of the organization. To help this approach permeate in our community, we offer training and workshops to members of our community to learn how to implement person centered thinking in their daily lives and workplaces.