Ribbon Cutting Opens New Respite Home

Ribbon Cutting Opens New Respite Home

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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 CEO Mark R. Foley and Attorney for Mildred M. Seegler Estate Lauren D. Rachlin Officially Open Respite Site

Community Services CEO Mark R. Foley and Attorney for Mildred M. Seegler Estate Lauren D. Rachlin Officially Open Respite Site

Community Services Mark R. Foley Provides Background and History of Respite Project Before Cutting Ribbon

Community Services Mark R. Foley Provides Background and History of Respite Project Before Cutting Ribbon

Sade Wallace Adds the Finishing Touches to the Site's

Sade Wallace Adds the Finishing Touches to the Site's "Bubble" Recognition Wall

The Respite Center will Provide Overnight Care to Children During Weekends and Afterschool Lifeskills Training for Teens and Young Adults

The Respite Center will Provide Overnight Care to Children During Weekends and Afterschool Lifeskills Training for Teens and Young Adults

Artwork Winner Among Contest of Over 30 Paintings by People Supported by Community Services Made of Plastic Spoons

Artwork Winner Among Contest of Over 30 Paintings by People Supported by Community Services Made of Plastic Spoons

Creative Artwork by People Supported by Community Services Fills the Home

Creative Artwork by People Supported by Community Services Fills the Home

Outdoor Sign Discreetly Tells Visitors the Homes Purpose

Outdoor Sign Discreetly Tells Visitors the Homes Purpose

Large Kitchen, 4 Bedrooms, Play Areas and Family Style Kitchen Provide Cozy Home Care for Visitors

Large Kitchen, 4 Bedrooms, Play Areas and Family Style Kitchen Provide Cozy Home Care for Visitors

LifeSkills Room Will Be Used Afterschool Hours to Transition Young Adults Into Independence

LifeSkills Room Will Be Used Afterschool Hours to Transition Young Adults Into Independence

 

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