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 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 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 community.