Founder - Thelma Davis
In 1978, a grassroots effort gained approval to construct a home for developmentally disabled adults. This home was later named Samuel C. Evans, Jr. Group Home in honor of one of the founders. Alleghany County Group Homes, Inc. was formed as a non-profit organization to oversee this effort. A workshop was established in the basement of the First Baptist Church which later became the Adult Developmental Vocational Program (ADVP). In 1990, the ADVP moved to a 10,000 square foot feed and grain building which expanded our capabilities to move from arts and crafts and lawn mowing to industrial contract work for our clients. Classroom instruction was added and was provided by Wilkes Community College. In 1997 the Board of Directors set a goal to build and move into a new facility for our ADVP. This work was completed and we moved into our new 12,750 square foot facility in September of 2000. This new facility allowed us to expand services to the developmentally disabled adults of Alleghany county and increase our variety of contract work. An expansion was added to the warehouse area of the new building in August of 2004 to make more storage space for additional contract work materials.