North Port, FL (June 15, 2020)— Loveland Center recently received a grant from the James W.

Wherritt Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to help increase

its essential services in North Port by 175%.

Loveland’s North Port program has operated out of 975 square feet facility, but with continued

social distancing a health necessity for at-risk individuals such as those with intellectual and

developmental disabilities (I/DD), emergency funding was granted to 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 chief philanthropy officer. “Foundations

like CFSC are ensuring that we can accomplish our mission and provide top quality services

immediately, and for that, we are truly grateful for their continued support.”

To learn more about Loveland Center or how you can help, visit or

call 941-493-0016.


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 through programs that 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 seen as equals at home and in their