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Generations Together Day Care Needs $60,000

By Saturday an East Texas day care center, for both adults and children, may no longer exist. Without $60,000... eighty families may be forced to find an alternative for their loved ones.

Generations Together is a non profit organization in Tyler.  It's felt the pain of donor fatigue due to the extensive fundraising campaign from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Now, the organization may have to shut its doors.  This will impact the families and workers.

Earleen Haney's mother attends Generations Together and doesn't want the day care to close it's doors.  "It may force me to have to look at nursing home options for my mother," say Earleen.  Her mother has been coming to Generations Together day care two days a week for the last six months. If the facility closes she says her mother's quality of life will be affected.   "I would really hate to see her have to go somewhere where she didn't have that kind of stimulation.  She enjoys the activities, talking about current events, visiting with the other people, playing games and the exercises," says Earleen.

Seniors also get to enjoy time with our youngest generation.  They get time with the babies in the day care.

The center has out grown its current facility and is in the process of buying and renovating a larger facility.  Tom King, Executive Director of Generations Together says, "We need about $60,000 in earnest money to secure a contract on the building that we have been working on for the last year."

The 11,000 square foot facility costs $600,000 and the organization needs $60,000 to survive. However, in the middle of their campaign... the hurricanes hit.  "Our fund raising campaign fell flat and all the disaster relief put us about 3-4 months behind.  We have just literally run out of time," says King.

Earleen says her mother, like the other adults, thrive on each other's company.  "It's given her the opportunity to be with others.  It's been fun and very rewarding and it's a valuable community service," says Earleen. 

Family members and staff say time is running out, but they are praying for a miracle.  Generations Together has more than twenty employees who could lose their jobs.  King says they have received some pledges, but they have a long way to go.

Karolyn Davis, reporting.


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