Our mission is to empower people with lifelong disabilities to enjoy life by promoting abilities and respecting choice.

Babcock Center strives to help people with disabilities become more productive and independent, and improve their quality of life.

The agency primarily serves residents of South Carolina’s Richland and Lexington counties, but is also asked to address critical needs outside of this central service area.

Babcock Center encourages full participation in community life by:

  • Helping individuals, their families and others who care about them work in partnership to develop personal interests and abilities;
  • Establishing a reasonable balance between safety and the risks associated with new opportunities;
  • Helping individuals make use of appropriate public services which are available to all members of our community;
  • Helping individuals overcome barriers to community participation such as the need to acquire employment and earn a reasonable level of income, the need for decent and affordable housing, and the need for safe, dependable transportation; and
  • Identifying strengths and weaknesses in our efforts, and problem solving to improve service quality, effectiveness and flexibility.

Babcock Center’s philosophy includes the responsibility to serve as many people as possible, and ensure the health and safety of individuals with truly critical needs. Therefore, services are provided in the following order of priority…

  1. Prevention services to reduce the occurrence of primary and secondary disabilities, whenever possible;
  2. Efforts which encourage people with disabilities to use appropriate public services which are available to all members of our community;
  3. Individual/family support services to help people with disabilities live in their own homes; and
  4. Residential care in supportive and home-like settings, when the need for this type of care is critical to an individual’s health of safety.

Babcock Center’s philosophy also includes the responsibility to establish a caring community. The agency works in partnership with community leaders to promote the dignity and respect of people with disabilities, invite community participation and employ community members.