Valley business news

January 07, 2002

Easter Seals opens office at 453 Main St., El Centro

Easter Seals has opened its new office in downtown El Centro to serve people with disabilities in El Centro and surrounding cities in the Imperial Valley.

The facility, at 453 Main St., supports adults with disabilities as they gain independent living, self-advocacy, communication and integration skills through Easter Seals' adult day program and behavior management day training program.

Overseeing the programs in El Centro is Easter Seals program director and El Centro resident Tara Gehler, who has worked with Easter Seals for more than five years.


"The outpouring of community support has been amazing. Everyone feels confident that our hard-working, dedicated and enthusiastic staff will make a positive difference in the lives of people with disabilities here in El Centro and the Imperial Valley," said Gehler. "I'm really excited to see what Easter Seals and our program participants will accomplish together in the new year."

The Easter Seals adult day program integrates adults with developmental disabilities into the community by providing training to use public transportation, make purchases independently and access local resources like parks and libraries.

The Easter Seals behavior management day training program assists adults with disabilities and behavioral challenges to access the community and become more independent.

There is potential for Easter Seals in El Centro to expand to include services for children with disabilities and an intergenerational program to serve children and senior citizens.

For more information on Easter Seals programs and services in the Imperial Valley, call Gehler at 482-2777.

Calling all wireless good samaritans to win a trip

Did you use your Cellular One wireless phone to summon help in an emergency situation in 2001? If so, you can win a trip for two to Washington, D.C.

During the three-day tribute in Washington, state winners will be honored at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association annual foundation dinner and meet with senators, representatives and congressional staff members. There will be a winner selected from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.

Each year people with wireless phones make millions of calls that help make their communities safer. You can tell your story by filling out an entry form at your local Cellular One retail store before Jan. 10.

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