Our Official Sign at the Future Site of Osprey Village.
Our two thrift stores, Osprey Village Thrift on Main Hilton Head and Osprey Village Thrift in Okatie will reopen part-time starting May 26. They will be open 10-2 Tuesday through Thursday with social distancing guidelines and disinfecting measures. We will be limiting the number of guests we admit for shopping at one time. Masks not required but are greatly appreciated. The staff will be taking precautions and will provide guidance. We continue to accept donations of gently used items on a drop-off only basis.
Visitors are asked to bring their items to the back entrance at both stores. Pick up of donations remains suspended due to continuing health concerns from Covid 19.Please call us with any questions.
T-shirts printed with the hopeful message “Lowco Strong” were part of a creative campaign that raised $6,000 this month for Lowcountry nonprofit organizations.
Bluffton resident Justin Jarrett, founder of Lowcosports.com, partnered with 19 local charities to raise much-needed funding in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The shirts sold for $20 with $10 from each shirt sold going to the buyer’s favorite charity.
Go here to read the entire article.
In this challenging time when we may feel far apart from one another, I want you to know we are with you. As much as we have always valued and appreciated our donors, supporters and clients as well as the many other people and organizations that make this area special, we appreciate every one of you even more now. I also want to extend my sincere thanks to our staff and volunteers for their hard work and dedication in the most trying of circumstances. They have been tremendously committed in their efforts to protect each other, our clients, and the public and have worked tirelessly to ensure that Osprey Village will safely and strongly weather this crisis.
Their efforts will ensure that Osprey Village continues its mission to broaden the lives of adults with developmental disabilities for the benefit of each individual and the entire community.
As we all try to stay connected, be sure to check out our website and Facebook page--not only for updates on our plans, but also for some fun features to pass the time. Among other things, we are going to be featuring our many sponsors who have shown such tremendous belief in Osprey Village over the years. I encourage you to support these and other great local businesses. It's more important now than ever before.
While our offices and stores are closed for now, we continue to work hard to provide assistance where we can. We are working remotely to keep in touch with you. Please feel welcome to call us at 843-422-6099 and we'll return your call as soon as we can.
Many thanks to all of the generous people who have items to donate but who have understood that we cannot take those kind donations at this time. Our deepest thanks also to those who continue to send us monetary donations even in the midst of the pandemic when you are concerned about the well-being of your families and businesses. Each day, we have seen locally and across the nation how generosity and kindness have actually grown during this difficult time. It is that spirit that lets me know the Osprey Village mission to empower adults with developmental disabilities will be a huge success.
In closing, I want to thank you again for all of the kindness and support you have shown Osprey Village. We love being part of this community and I know I join everyone at Osprey Village in wishing you the very best until we meet again.
Jerome C. Manuel
Osprey Village, Inc.
In response to official recommendations regarding the Corona virus emergency and out of concern for our staff and the public, Osprey Village thrift stores and corporate offices will remain closed until further notice. Osprey Village client services are also suspended indefinitely. Our services team is working to keep clients, families, and the public informed.
Our local state representative Bill Herbkersman of Bluffton gave us a pleasant surprise when he highlighted Osprey Village in his latest weekly article that appeared on the editorials and opinions page of the Bluffton Today newspaper on July 25th.
In his article he states that he is “a strong proponent of Osprey Village” and calls out “the excellent work done by my friend David Green.”
(David is one of the founders of Osprey Village and currently works as the Director of Business Development for OVI. But he’d be the first to tell you that it’s a huge team effort to keep this organization moving forward to fulfill our mission!)
Rep. Herbkersman succinctly describes OVI’s mission in two sentences:
“Osprey Village is a program that seeks to provide a residential setting for adults with various disabilities who may have skills to hold a job or do productive work.”
“Osprey Village offers safety and a certain level of oversight and assistance to foster the level of independence the residents may achieve.”
Then he further expresses his support by noting:
“You know, folks, it is financially prudent to create a space where people with some degree of disability can reach their maximum potential. The land has been secured. The plan is well along and infrastructure is in the works for late 2019.
“I ask all those with a little extra time to call Osprey Village at 843-422-6099 to see if there is a place for you to volunteer to get the village moving forward.”
You can read Rep. Herbkersman’s full article in the Bluffton Today by clicking on the link below:
It’s rewarding for us to be able to work with a state legislator who really “gets it” regarding our mission and goals for Osprey Village – as well as the need for both public and private support for us to fulfill that mission.
Both Rep. Herbkersman and our local state Senator Tom Davis of Beaufort have been champions for our cause in Columbia and locally. We greatly appreciate their support!
Then here's an important announcement for you: in partnership with Just Love Coffee, Osprey Village’s Porch Blend Coffee has launched! Over the course of the next year, they will be working hard to create an ongoing revenue stream for Osprey village. Click on the link below for details on how to drink a special blend of coffee and support Osprey Village.
December 29, 2017 – Bluffton, SC
Osprey Village has officially been deeded 63.12 acres of land in the Okatie area across from Oldfield Plantation by Argent Land Holdings, LLC. This parcel is part of the 7,300-acre East Argent Planned Development District in the City of Hardeeville, which will bring up to 9,500 residential units and 1,500,000 square feet of commercial retail and office space to the area over the next 20 years.
The parcel that has been donated to Osprey Village includes about 25 acres of buildable land and the rights to develop up to 140 residential units. The rest of the property consists of wetlands that surround the parcel on the north and east sides. A draft conceptual land plan is shown below.
Since all of the infrastructure – roadways, utilities, engineering, etc. – needed to travel to and develop this property have yet to be started, initial construction work on our property will not begin until sometime in 2019 at the earliest. More details about the property donation and Osprey Village’s development plans will be forthcoming later in January. Contact Osprey Village at (843) 422-6099 for more information.
The Donate button above will allow you to donate via credit card or a PayPal account. You can also send a check payable to: Osprey Village PO Box 3155 Bluffton, SC 29910
Osprey Village will be a beautiful place to live for people of all walks of life with a common bond that brings them together. There will be a special connection between residents as they share in the vision of a community that meets the needs of adults with developmental disabilities
Osprey Village will be designed from the ground up to encourage healthy interaction for all people. Structurally and symbolically, a front porch represents an invitation to engage with the neighborhood on a personal level. This “good old fashioned” neighborhood experience will help encourage neighbors to look out for neighbors, heart to heart and porch to porch.
At Osprey Village we want to maximize the potential for independence of those with disabilities. Conversely, it’s the interconnection of a united community that provides the greatest opportunity for inclusion and empowerment. Together we can move forward.
Join us in support of Osprey Village as we seek to lessen the effects of disability by connecting our abilities together and improving all of our lives in the process.