Wilmington, N.C., October 4, 2018
With schools closed and a region recovering from a federal disaster, the team at the Easterseals UCP EMPOWER Wilmington office knew they had to do one thing: open their doors. The staff including the directors, teachers and admins accomplished this goal after countless hours of cleaning, calling in mechanics to get the air conditioning running and re-establishing a safe facility.
Typically this time of year the EMPOWER program offers afterschool services. With kids out of school, the EMPOWER office staff knew providing kids and families with a routine and friends was important. The office opened on September 18 and continues to stay open with extended hours from 8:30am to 5:30pm. This enables children with developmental disabilities served by Easterseals UCP a chance to get back on track and have a few school-related activities. Parents in Wilmington and the surrounding counties were grateful to have a place to bring their children while they dealt with serious issues of personal loss and damage from Hurricane Florence.
“People have gone over and above to support one another in this community,” said Lorie Winn, Director of EMPOWER Wilmington. She said the church across the street, Kingdom Life, has offered dinner to families when they picked up their children from EMPOWER. Also, an Easterseals UCP business partner and sponsor, Trillium Health Resources, along with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina has donated food, clothing, toiletry items and cleaning supplies.
Lorie said, “We’re Wilmington Strong. A lot of things can divide a community, but a disaster has certainly pulled us together. I’m grateful to our amazing staff and community for coming together during this time.”
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