For more than 45 years, Yavapai Exceptional Industries (YEI) has served hundreds of Yavapai County developmentally impaired adults. YEI provides a network of jobs and career opportunities and also, for those who qualify, group homes with an emphasis on independent living.
Currently, two group homes are under construction. YEI Executive Director Brad Newman says both will be within walking distance of the YEI Antelope Point Industries plant, located at Eastridge in Prescott Valley, where many YEI personnel work. Several new job opportunities are expected to be available there soon.
Newman expressed appreciation to Sterling Ranches Family Homes in PV for helping him plan the two 4,850-square-foot homes. Each will have living quarters for six single adults. Newman said it is the biggest undertaking YEI has undertaken.
Since its founding in the mid-1970s, YEI has grown into an organization that serves almost 200 people a year, ranging in age from 18 to the mid-80s. QCBN
By Ray Newton, QCBN