Donations help allow learning disabilities centre to re-open

The local learning disabilities centre has been given new life after an outpouring support from the community helped re-open the doors of the nonprofit organization.

The local learning disabilities centre has been given new life after an outpouring support from the community helped re-open the doors of the nonprofit organization.

Just two weeks ago the Red Deer Chapter of the Learning Disabilities Association was forced to close its office because of funding shortfalls and an ever increasing client base.

This is the second time in three years the chapter closed for the same reasons.

At a recent board meeting, a group of concerned citizens donated a hefty cheque of $20,000.

Sheryl Krill, executive director, said the donation is enough to resume the services throughout the summer but more sustainable funding is needed for the long haul.

“We still need to raise money for the end of the summer,” she said.

“We are still needing funds on an ongoing basis taking us to the fall and throughout.”

Krill said about 53 per cent of the group’s budget comes from grants and some of which they can only apply for every three years. Last year the group received about nine per cent of its budget from donations.

Krill hopes more funds will through this group which is willing to work with the organization.

The Red Deer FireFighter’s Children’s Charity is expected to contribute $1,200 this week. A $4,500 grant from the Green Shield Canada came through on Monday to help support the group’s summer camps.

“It is enough to get us operational again,” said Krill.

“More funding has to come in to sustain us. It is going to be the other groups an individuals that are going to make this organization strive and survive.”

A barbecue/car wash fundraiser is scheduled for July 16 at the south Sobeys.

Among the services, this summer the centre will continue to offer advocacy resources, information and tutoring for adults and children.

So far in 2010-11 the chapter has provided support for 788 clients compared to 470 clients in 2009-10.

For more information on programs call 403-340-3885.

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