Unlocking PossAbilities: An Expansion Campaign for United Rehabilitation Services
United Rehabilitation Services launched the Unlocking PossAbilities Campaign on Monday, February 29 at 10 am. This $7 million dollar expansion project will increase capacity for programs that benefit children, adults and seniors with disabilities in the Greater Dayton Region.
The Unlocking PossAbilities Campaign will add 21,647 square feet, which represents more than a 50% increase, to URS’ current center at 4710 Old Troy Pike at Needmore in Dayton. It will dramatically expand capacity to the agency’s 5-Star Rated Early Childhood Education Program, tripling the number of infants and doubling the number of toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children to alleviate waiting lists for these programs since April of 2014.
The expansion will also increase our capacity to serve adults and seniors with disabilities by almost 100 individuals where we also have experienced waiting lists since June of 2014. Even more importantly, in January of 2016, all County Boards of Developmental Disabilities across Ohio accelerated the transition process of exiting service provision and are no longer taking referrals for day programs for adults with disabilities. This demands we increase our capacity as one of the largest private providers.
This $7 million dollar campaign is being led by Honorary Chair Charles D. Berry, Retired, The Berry Company, and Co-Chairs Gary Auman, Dunlevey, Mahan & Furry and Harold Rieck, Rieck Services.
“As the only provider of Special Needs Childcare Programs with on-site Nursing Services and Therapies, it has been disconcerting to have families on waiting lists for services so essential to them and their children” said Dennis Grant, Executive Director. “URS provides critical support to families who need specialized care for their medically fragile children, allowing them to continue to work in our community.”
“For both young and older adults with disabilities, we know they need a place to go where they feel welcomed and can participate in meaningful activities both here and through inclusive activities in the community. For those who are able, our vocational training and supports can change their lives and give them purpose,” he added.
The expansion will include adding a new Children’s Wing, Nursing Clinic, and Gymnasium to the current center, and will include a $1 million dollar endowment. “We are committed to providing a safety net of support services to support the most vulnerable individuals in our community,” Grant added.
The key to our success is your financial support, and we invite you to join us in making a commitment to unlocking the potential of children and adults with disabilities in our community.