In 1974 a group of parents of children with disabilities who were aging out of the special programs in the tri-county school systems in Cherokee, Clay and Graham counties came together to discuss the need for an activity center to provide some measure of independence and productive life for their children. At that time, the communities offered no structured programs.
These concerned community members formed the Marble Activity Day Center that later became incorporated as Industrial Opportunities, Inc.
During our company history, Industrial Opportunities, Inc. has developed two specific long-range objectives.
In addition to providing the counseling and rehabilitation services customarily associated with licensed community rehabilitation programs, I.O.I. wishes to:
- Provide each client with a strong sense of self-reliance and personal worth
- Acquire economic self-sufficiency for I.O.I.
The staff and board of I.O.I. are confident that these two objectives are inter-related. 80% of the annual budget for I.O.I. is generated by industrial activities. All of the facility's clients are keenly aware of the fact that they earn wages for work performed. The accompanying sense of accomplishment and self-reliance has radically altered the old view of disabled clients who were previously considered as "ward of the state".
"IOI — Empowering People. Delivering Quality Products. "