Signal Centers’ mission is to strengthen children, adults, and families through services focused on disabilities, early childhood education, and self-sufficiency. Little did the two mothers, who started one classroom with nine children in 1957, know today this organization would serve people with disabilities of all ages, as well as provide leadership in the fields of early childhood education and technology.
The Building for Tomorrow capital campaign will provide resources to construct a facility to increase the capacity and enhance the quality of services. It is projected the new building will cost $1,000,000. This is the first capital campaign in the 57 year history of the agency. Signal Centers will be debt-free prior to the start of construction.
The project will consist of four sections that will be built as one facility:
- A multi-purpose recreation center providing indoor gross motor play space, activity area and a tranverse climbing wall.
- Space for the programs offered by Adult Services including a beautiful art studio, commons area and a reinforced classroom that can double as a storm shelter.
- A Technology Workshop that will include a 3D Printer.
- A three classroom space for Transitional Opportunities, Programs and Services (TOPS). TOPS is designed for students with special needs who are transitioning from high school to the world of work.
The capital campaign will address both facility and programmatic concerns, as well as provide a stellar environment for children and adults needing support. Some problems resolved by the construction of a facility will include:
- Weather issues often restrict necessary gross motor play. Extreme temperatures, rain, snow, and compromised air quality limit outdoor time for children.
- Currently, Adult Services resides in a 20 year-old double wide portable building. An analysis of the current facility revealed it is in need of costly repairs.
- The space is inadequate for community demand. Adult Services maintains a waiting list, and participants often receive fewer services than are desired.
- The need for design and adaptation of technology is increasing and there is no workshop area for this work.
- There is no reinforced area for shelter during severe weather.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said “…to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
This new facility constructed through the Building for Tomorrow capital campaign will truly help many breath easier, as well as enable Signal Centers in meeting growing demands of the community.
Please help us and donate to the Building for Tomorrow fund today!