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Feature Article - April 26, 2007

New support for South Frontenac families

In an effort to bridge a service gap in South Frontenac Township for families caring for children or adults with intellectual disabilities, a new partnership between Community Living Kingston and Rural VISIONS Centre will now offer local support in Sydenham.

Community Living Kingston has historically offered support to a number of families in South Frontenac that have come into contact with the agency through referrals, but according to Family Support Councillor Leslie Moore, by establishing a presence in the township, they “hope to get families in touch with each other, and to be able to make new contacts with families that could make use of our services.”

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Community Living Kingston will offer information, assistance to access resources and with funding applications, goal setting, support advocacy efforts and offer workshops and parent information sessions on various topics. Supported parents also include those raising autistic children.

Dr. Laurel Dempsey of Verona Medical Centre is pleased with the pending availability of these services. “In our rural community, there are a number of families raising children and teenagers with various forms of intellectual challenges. Services for these families are almost all in larger centres and difficult to access. We need services in our communities.”

The new office hours at the Rural VISIONS are modest, the third Wednesday of each month between 1:30 and 4:00 pm, as the need for local contact increases, so will service.

Rural VISIONS Executive Director Beth Freeland said “The Board and Staff are excited that yet another agency can be partnered with to better serve our community. Sharing makes efficient use of limited resources, be it space, Volunteers or material.”

Family Support Coordinator Leslie Moore added “With Rural VISIONS existing support and knowledge of the community, our families will be able to access a unique basket of support services.”

The public will be welcomed to participate in an Open House/Service Launch at Rural VISIONS Centre, 4419 George Street, Sydenham, on Wednesday, May 16 between 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

For more information, please contact Leslie Moore at Community Living Kingston at 613 546-6613, extension 228

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