New Respite House Receives Great Support from Donors

New Respite House Receives Great Support from Donors

Foundations and Companies Provide Funding

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Wednesday April 3, 2013 | By: Metro Source Staff | News

TONAWANDA – A children’s overnight respite house in the Town of Tonawanda, to be opened by Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled, has received generous support from area foundations and businesses. The Children’s Guild Foundation Mildred M. Seegler Respite House was started with a gift of $200,000 in August 2012 from The Children’s Guild Foundation, in memory of Mildred M. Seegler.

Since then, Community Services has received donations from more than a dozen organizations. Some of the donations were monetary, and others in-kind, but all of them had one purpose; to supply and outfit the home to accommodate the children with developmental disabilities that will be staying there for overnights or after school hours.

Community Services would like to recognize the following foundations and corporations: the James H. Cummings Foundation contributed $15,000 toward wheelchair accessibility, Parkview Health Systems provided $15,000, the Maria Love Convalescent Fund donated $7,000 to support Sensory Room equipment for children with Autism and other sensory disorders, the Josephine Goodyear Foundation Fund, the Patrick P. Lee Foundation and the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation each added $5,000 towards the goal and the Maximus Foundation donated $2,500 to bring the total amount of grant and dollar donations to $254,500. In-kind and other support has also been pouring in from local businesses such as The Sportsmen’s Tavern and Jeffery M. Goldfarb & Associates (who both supported the Golden Ticket Concert Series Fund-raiser), Orville’s Home Appliances (Washer and Dryer), Carolina Furniture (Dining Room furniture), Fisher Price (Toys), Envious Landscaping (Landscaping) and Flaghouse, Inc. (Sensory Room Equipment).

Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled will officially open the Respite House, located at 52 Dixon Drive in the town of Tonawanda, in the early spring of 2013.

The home will be dedicated to serving children and families of the City of Buffalo and surrounding areas. In the immediate Buffalo area, there are hundreds of families that seek overnight respite services for children with developmental disabilities. Currently, there are only a handful of overnight respite sites in Western New York. None of these is near the City of Buffalo and all have long waiting lists. Initially, overnight respite will be offered at the house on the weekends, expanding to mid-week as more governmental funding become available. Services will also be offered during the afterschool hours for adolescents with developmental disabilities to learn basic home, self-care and job readiness skills to prepare them for independent living and adult responsibilities.

Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled provides specialized services for over 1,200 individuals in Western New York. Programs include Service Coordination, Habilitation Services, and Housing and Shelter Services.

Visit Community Services website, to donate online.