Originally created 02/03/05

Training agency is proud of its workers



Siobhan Carlile, the community relations and development coordinator for Lynndale Inc., is proud of his clients' work and wishes more people noticed.

Lynndale, a nonprofit community service organization that provides vocational training to people with intellectual and physical disabilities, serves about 220 workers, Mrs. Carlile said.

"We have a day program where some of them transition into employment, which is the goal," Mrs. Carlile said of Lynndale, which is on Eisenhower Drive.

Services that the organization offers off-site include residential landscaping and hotel housekeeping, Mrs. Carlile said. On-site jobs include furniture repair, where workers strip, cane and stain furniture. Workers also tend houseplants in the greenhouse that was opened in October.

The organization sells the houseplants and furniture from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays to help fund the programs.

On Saturday, Lynndale will hold an additional sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. "for people who work all week to have a chance to come by and see the furniture and the plants," Mrs. Carlile said.

Kelly Linder, the job coach in the furniture department, said people will find impressive furniture at the sale.

"We'll have a piano, antique armoires, a dining room drop-leaf table, antique strip cane chairs (and) a gorgeous oversize antique buffet," she said. "The workers are so talented; what they do is a lost art. It's a pleasure coming to work every day."

Pat Anne Harter, 46, has been repairing furniture for more than 27 years. When she's not caning chairs, she's teaching the skill to others. She said people can feel comfortable having their furniture repaired at the facility.

"If you're really looking for a place to bring your furniture, bring it here," she said.

The greenhouse is managed by Kay Tremaine.

"There will be pansies, maiden hair ferns, Boston ferns, begonias, African violets, orchids, peace lilies, all sorts of hanging plants and more," Ms. Tremaine said of what will be available for Saturday's sale. "Or people can call and we do basket arrangements - with live plants; we don't do cut plants. They make great Valentine's gifts."

Mrs. Carlile said they also need furniture donations - "if it's in good structural condition and just needs a little face lift," she said. "We refinish it and sell it. Donations are tax deductible."

For more information about Lynndale's programs and services, call 738-3395.

Reach C. Samantha McKevie at (706) 823-3552 or samantha.mckevie@augustachronicle.com.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Furniture and plant sale by Lynndale Inc.

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: 1490 Eisenhower Drive

PHONE: 738-3395