Mission, Vision and History

Mission Statement: To enrich the lives of frail and impaired adults, their families, and the community through specialized adult day services, respite care, education and support.

Vision Statement: Adult Center for Enrichment will be a trusted provider on the forefront of accessible community based care, education and support for adults in need and their caregivers.

History of the Adult Center for Enrichment, Inc.

  • The Adult Center for Enrichment (ACE) opened on June 4, 1984, as a division of the Corporation of Guardianship, Inc. (COG).
  • In December 1987, to clarify its public image and more adequately support and promote its program; the Adult Center for Enrichment was separated from COG and formed its own private non-profit corporation.
  • ACE began operations in the former Cerebral Palsy and Orthopedic School on Gatewood Avenue in a lease arrangement with the Cerebral Palsy Association and Gateway Education Center.
  • In late 1987, ACE moved to a temporary location for its program at St. Paul Presbyterian Church on South Chapman Street.
  • In August of 1989, the Adult Center for Enrichment moved to one of its present locations, ACE at Bardolph. This adult day care/day health center is located in the Dorothy Bardolph Human Services Building, downtown Greensboro.
  • In October 1991, in a cooperative venture with the Evergreens, Inc., the Adult Center opened a satellite adult day care/day health care center at the Evergreens location on West Wendover Avenue in Greensboro.
  • In May of 1994 the (CARE) ACE at First Baptist program began operation as a respite model on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Wednesdays were added in August of 2007.
  • The ACE adult day care/day health center at Evergreens, Inc. on Wendover closed in 1996 to accommodate Evergreens own program space needs.
  • ACE at Muir’s Chapel United Methodist Church (GRACE), a second group respite site, was opened in 1997. It is available on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. In September of 2009 ACE at Muir’s Chapel UMC moved into its current location, which is the refurbished church parsonage.
  • The administrative offices of the Adult Center moved from the ACE at Bardolph Center in March 1997 to the Self-Help Building, 122 N. Elm St., Greensboro, so that the Bardolph space could be expanded to its current capacity of 29 adults.
  • ACE at Caldwell House, an adult day care/day health center, opened in March of 1998 as a partnership between the Adult Center for Enrichment, Buffalo Presbyterian Church, and Caldwell House, Inc. It is certified as an adult day care/day health center to service 16 participants per day.
  • In partnership with Shepherd’s Center of Greensboro and with support of several foundations, ACE began the CarePartners at Home program in the summer of 2001. This program provides volunteer in-home respite to frail and impaired adults and their caregivers.
  • Also in the summer of 2001, ACE created its Caregiver Education program, which encompasses workshops, caregiver retreats, publications, support groups, etc.
  • In August of 2003, ACE opened a third adult day care/day health center in partnership with Presbyterian Homes at their River Landing at Sandy Ridge continuing care retirement community. ACE at River Landing was initially certified for 21 adults and in 2005 was expanded to serve 42.
  • Due to additional demands for group respite ACE at First Baptist added a third day of service (Wednesdays) in August 2007.
  • In October of 2007 the Adult Center in partnership with Temple Emanuel began ACE at Temple Emanuel (Beit Avote), a group respite program that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • In September of 2009 ACE at Muir’s Chapel UMC moved into its current location, which is the refurbished church parsonage and added a third day of service (Wednesdays).
  • The administrative offices moved to 11 Oak Branch Drive, Suite B, Greensboro, NC 27407 in January 2010. This move almost tripled the number of useable square feet for our administrative and program staff.
  • The Adult Center for Enrichment became a subsidiary of Well-Spring Services, Inc. on January 1, 2013.
  • ACE Adult Day Center at 2701 Henry Street was purchased January 1, 2013 and is currently under renovation.
  • Due to significant funding reductions and limited opportunity for expansion, The CarePartners at Home program ended September 2013.
  • The ResFit Club, a new and innovative group respite model, opened Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (September 2013 – December 2014). The program is a partnership with the Greensboro Sportsplex. As of December 11, 2014 the Greensboro Sportsplex will continue to offer fitness and recreation opportunities to caregivers but the provision of onsite respite will move to the remaining ACE locations.
  • Due to additional demands for group respite, ACE at First Baptist added a fourth day of service (Mondays) and ACE at Muir’s Chapel added a fourth day of service (Fridays) in March 2014.
  • ACE Adult Day Center at 2701 Henry Street opened on April 1, 2014 and is certified for 108 adults, ACE at Caldwell and ACE at Bardolph closed to serve their participants at the new state of the art location.
  • ACE at River Landing closed on April 11, 2014 and the participants began attending the Henry Street location on April 14, 2014.