Over ten years ago, Miami County residents Mike Hines and Jeff Morehead recognized the need for a support group for those with disabilities in the area. Having had disabilities themselves for many years and being constantly confronted with non-access into many places in Peru, they formed a 501(c)3 organization in 2007, focused on educating our community and offering help to others in similar situations. The Harvesting Capabilities name was derived from their motto:
Share your dreams and talents with us and then let us help you
"Harvest them into Capabilities."
Our organization is governed by a volunteer board of 8 members which meet the fourth Thursday of each month.
Harvesting Capabilities has become a familiar name to those in the Miami County area who need assistance with ramps, adaptive equipment, and help with the challenges associated with disabilities. HC is also now serving our aging Senior population with these same services.
Our Thrift Store, Discount Medical Equipment and offices are located at 231 North Grant Street in Peru.
Proceeds from sales at the thrift store will increase our services to the community and help fund our current project, an all-inclusive playground for children of ALL abilities.
We gratefully accept donations of gently used clothing, working household items, furniture and medical equipment during regular business hours. Our store hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
We cut the ribbon in September 2019 on HC Park - a park for children of ALL abilities.
In addition to serving the Seniors and those with disabilities in our community, we have recognized the need for an all-inclusive playground. Working with the Chamber of Commerce, the City of Peru and the Parks Board, we determined the best location for this playground was adjacent to Miami's Fort, on the River Walkway in Peru.
Our playground committee worked hard for several years putting on fund raisers and presenting the project to groups around the community.
Thanks to a wonderful community for recognizing the need and supporting this project through grants, gifts and giving.
Garden Gate Greenhouse was our host again this year - Harvesting provided all the materials, clothing, frames, heads and "stuff" to create a unique scarecrow for each family. We had beautiful fall weather, great participation and sold lots of creative, pretty, scary, funny and awesome scarecrows - it was great family fun!