Welfare and Development Center, formerly known as the Gori Club for People with Disability, was founded in 2001 and registered as a non-profit NGO. It focuses on the issues and social problems of persons with disabilities (PWD) in the Shida Kartli Region of the country of Georgia and the cities of Gori, Kareli, Kaspi and Khashuri,and the surrounding townsand villages. The main office and the center is located in Gori, and also, there is a branch office and center located in Kareli.
The organization has a well-developed organizational structure with a Chairperson, Program Director, Program Assistant/Public Relations, Financial Manager, Technical Manager, Psychologist, Specialists, Teachers, Cook and others assistants and staff.
The highest decision making body setting strategic directions is the Council of Parents consisting of parents, teachers, psychologists, occupational therapists and other professionals, all affected by disability issues.
The organization has strong partnerships and holds significant resources to successfully manage and implement projects, the main focus of which are involvement of PWD in the decision making process and advocacy of the rights of PWD for achieving their social inclusion and integration into society, through approaches in education, health care, employment, and also, based on gender and age, empowering women and youth, and mainstreaming child protection.
The Welfare and Development Center runs child and youth day centers for three age groups, training centers, rehabilitation programs, vocational education training, employment education skills and training and volunteer clubs.
Before 2008, the Welfare and Development Center had 647 disabled persons, with 170 disabled children and 477 disabled adults. Presently, there are 604 disabled adults and 280 disabled children, with 884 members in all, being served.