Loveland Center recently received a grant from the James W. Wherritt Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The grant will increase the organization’s essential services in North Port by 175%.
Loveland’s North Port program currently operates out of 975 square feet facility. With continued social distancing a health necessity for at-risk individuals such as those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Emergency funding will allow an expansion of triple its current facility footprint. “Loveland is an essential service provider, and we have seen a surge in demand for services in the last few months,” said Patrick Guerin, Loveland president, and chief executive officer. “This additional space will allow us to meet that demand safely while ensuring that we can serve those who need this critical service in our community.”
Funding for the Loveland North Port is provided in part by the James W. Wherritt Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. “The impact COVID-19 had on the participants with I/DD is startling, from a 67% communication skills regression to a 54% daily living skills decline,” said Jennifer Bushinger, Loveland’s Chief Philanthropy Officer. “Foundations like CFSC are ensuring that we can accomplish our mission and provide top quality services immediately. For that, we are truly grateful for their continued support.”
To learn more about Loveland Center or how you can help, visit www.LovelandCenter.org or call 941-493-0016.
About Loveland Center
Established in 1962, Loveland Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) live their lives to the fullest. Loveland serves more than 450 individuals across Sarasota, Charlotte, and Manatee Counties. These equip individuals with skills that will improve daily lives, build self-confidence, and develop a greater sense of independence. Loveland is committed to supporting all people, regardless of their ability to be viewed as equals at home and in their community.
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