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Family Solutions thrift store looking for new home

September 06, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The Center for Family Solutions thrift store is looking for a new home.

After four years on a month-by-month lease in downtown El Centro, the store is moving on, and Easter Seals is moving in.

"We're looking for a new site," said Barbara Shaver, Family Solutions executive director.

Shaver said the organization is looking for something bigger than the 6,000 square feet it had downtown in order to expand.

Until then, Family Solutions is still distributing food and taking donations at its headquarters at 395 Broadway but actually at the intersection of Main and Fourth streets.

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"We have plenty of food to give away to people who need it," Shaver said.

The thrift store lost its lease at the end of July, along with three full-time employees and many volunteers.

El Centro Mayor Cheryl Walker, a Family Solutions board member, said the thrift store was the victim of the city's downtown revitalization efforts.

As the thrift store moves out, remodeling is under way for the new Easter Seals home.

Tara Gehler, Easter Seals program director, said the organization will use the site to provide adult day care and a behavior-management day program.

The adult day care will include computer access training, meal preparation, skills for daily living, self-help for independence, personal hygiene, social recreation and exercises. Other services include community awareness, use of public transportation, self-care and self-monitoring, use of generic resources, communication skills and arts and crafts.

The adult day care is intended to provide services to individuals with developmental, physical or multiple disabilities of a particularly challenging nature, according to information provided by Easter Seals.

The program is open to individuals at least 18 years old with a need to acquire self-help skills, are ambulatory or nonambulatory, adhere to an individualized prescribed medication regime, are able to self-administer medications with or without assistance, adhere to an individualized health-care plan and do not exhibit self-abusive or aggressive behavior.

The behavior program emphasizes community integration. Services include community safety and awareness, behavior management training, use of public transportation, self-care and self-monitoring, use of basic community resources, communication skills, independent living skills and arts and crafts.

The behavior program is designed for those at least 18 years of age, adhere to a medication regime as prescribed by an attending physician, are eligible for certain services and have behavior challenges and who are not eligible for any other programs.

Gehler said the facility will be able to provide services for a maximum of 60 clients, and will need one employee for every three clients.

She said prospective employees should have common sense and work well with people. She said certified nursing assistants and those with nursing experience are particularly welcome.

For more information call Gehler at 485-0792.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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