Ribbon Cutting Opens New Respite Home
Home Will Primarily Serve Areas Close to City
At 10:15 am on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 at a ribbon cutting ceremony, Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled officially opened The Children’s Guild FoundationMildred M. Seegler Respite House and Youth Center at 52 Dixon Drive in the Town of Tonawanda. Community Services CEO Mark R. Foley, the Children’s Guild Foundation President Catherine A. Gura and Lauren D. Rachlin, a partner at Hodgson Russ LLP cut the ribbon to officially open the new Children’s Respite Site.
The new respite center is dedicated to serving the children and residents of the City of Buffalo, and surrounding areas. A generous gift of $200,000 was given by The Children’s Guild Foundation in August 2012 to Community Services to develop the facility in memory of Mildred M. Seegler, a benefactor to the Foundation. Several other Foundations and businesses provided substantial donations to furnish and equip the house.
In the immediate Buffalo area, there are hundreds of families that seek overnight respite services for children with developmental disabilities. Currently, nearly all of Western New York’s respite sites are located in suburban areas not easily accessed by public transportation. The new Community Services respite site is the first of its kind to be located near a bus route and offer overnight and after school respite for these families in a location in or close to the city limits. Services will also be offered during the afternoons for adolescents to learn basic home, self-care and job readiness skills to prepare them for independent living and adult responsibilities.
The ribbon cutting was well attended by Business and Foundation Donors, Town of Tonawanda Representatives, Reporters and Cameramen, and many other types of supporters.
Community Services would like to thank the following organizations for their donations and generous support:
- The Children’s Guild Foundation
- KeyBank Foundation
- James H. Cummings Foundation, Inc.
- Parkview Health Systems
- Maria Love Convalescent Fund
- Josephine Goodyear Foundation Fund
- Patrick P. Lee Foundation
- Margaret L. Wendt Foundation
- MAXIMUS Foundation
- Sportsmen’s Tavern
- Jeffrey M. Goldfarb & Associates
- Orville’s Home Appliances
- Carolina Furniture
- Flaghouse, Inc
- Envious Landscaping
- Community Services Support Foundation