Easter Seals to open downtown El Centro office

May 30, 2001

Easter Seals will be opening an office in downtown El Centro.

Easter Seals received $20,000 from the center to help defray the start-up costs of the local office, scheduled to open around Sept. 1. The funding will reduce the cost of opening the office by 30 percent.

Initially, the new Easter Seals office will operate two programs to serve adults with disabilities in El Centro and surrounding cities.

The adult day program will integrate local adults with developmental disabilities into the community by providing training to use public transportation, make purchases independently and access local resources such as parks and libraries.


The behavior-management day-training program will assist adults with disabilities and behavioral challenges to access the community and become more independent.

Easter Seals plans to later expand its local programs to include services for children with disabilities and an intergenerational program that will serve both children and senior citizens.

Tara Gehler, Easter Seals program director and an El Centro resident, will lead the programs in El Centro. Gehler has worked with Easter Seals for five years and will oversee all local program activities and staff.

"I'm thrilled to bring Easter Seals services to my home town," Gehler said. "Through these programs Easter Seals will really make a difference in the El Centro area."

Easter Seals offers more than 100 programs throughout Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Imperial and inland counties that help adults and children with disabilities live with quality, dignity and independence.

For more information call Debbie Ball at 737-3990 or visit Easter Seals on the Web at

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