SimplyHome Partner, The Charles Lea Center, Debuts Groundbreaking Interactive Life Skills Center

SimplyHome and The Charles Lea Center of Spartanburg, SC, celebrate the opening of the new Life Skills Center with Ribbon Cutting and Open House Monday today at 11:00 am. Asheville, N.C. May 21, 2012

SimplyHome Partner, The Charles Lea Center of Spartanburg, SC, will celebrate the grand opening of its new Life Skills Center with a ribbon cutting and open house on today at 11:00am.  An apartment within the training space is outfitted with SimplyHome technology.

The Charles Lea Center’s new Life Skills Center is a hands-on training facility that prepares adults with special needs for living independently and as a part of the community.

The Life Skills Center is a fully outfitted training apartment that uses interactive technology to promote independence. The SimplyHome System used at the training includes a voice-activated tablet that controls lighting, tv, doors, and the bed. Also included are automatic door openers, a stove sensor, motion sensors, a paging pendent, and a bed sensor.

The Life Skills Center also has a mock grocery store, restaurant, bank, and doctor’s and dentist’s offices, streetscaping, and a vehicle for practicing transfers from a wheelchair to a car.

“We are honored to partner with an organization who has taken the charge in innovative thinking in South Carolina,” says Allen Ray, SimplyHome CEO. “Their willingness to be the front runner for the use of our technology in a program setting has enabled them to serve more people with the funds that are available.”

The Charles Lea Center already partners with SimplyHome to provide technology in their residential support programs to enable independent living. The SimplyHome System placed in the Life Skills Center is an accurate replica of how our technology is currently being utilized in their independent living program.

The Life Skills Center was designed and built by Charles Lea Center employees as the first step toward Empowering Independence for special needs adults.

Donations made this possible in existing space at the main Burdette Street campus.

RSVP For the Ribbon Cutting: 864-562-2221

About SimplyHome

SimplyHome designs and installs wireless technology products and related care-focused services. The company is committed to promoting affordable and dignified solutions for independent living – specifically to aging and disabled populations nationwide. SimplyHome is known for its highly-customizable systems that are tailored to meet each customer’s specific needs.

SimplyHome products and services range from voice-activated environmental controls (as shown recently on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), Personal Emergency Response Systems, GPS watches, motion sensors, and stove monitors to Virtual Care Management® – SimplyHome’s model for client care.  SimplyHome is a 2012 Edison Award winner for “Best New Product.”

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About The Charles Lea Center

For almost 40 years, the Charles Lea Center played an important role in the lives of thousands of Spartanburg county residents and it continues to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities, businesses and community members. The Center grew from an organization geared towards helping children with disabilities to an organization committed to helping people of all ages with special needs throughout their life.

It is the Center's mission to be the organization committed to supporting people with disabilities and special needs where they live, work and play. By offering residential options ranging from group homes to independent living; day habilitation and vocational training the Center is helping more 1,400 people achieve their dreams and improve their quality of life.

For more information, visit:

The Charles Lea Center

195 Burdette Street

Spartanburg, SC   29307