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Friends, Volunteers Come To Aid Of Parents of Special Children

By Nick Wojton, contributing writer
FULTON, NY – The Parents of Special Children center in Fulton received a much needed addition recently with the help from a donation and volunteer work.

The group’s new office, 2 Tower Drive, Suite B, Fulton, had a brand new ramp constructed outside of its doors to ensure everyone has easy access to the offices.

Parents of Special Children was in need of a handicap accessible way into its new office. With a little help from friends, they were able to have a ramp constructed.
Parents of Special Children was in need of a handicap accessible way into its new office. With a little help from friends, they were able to have a ramp constructed.

Volunteers from a non-profit group called Operation Northern Comfort, who help design and build ramps for organizations like PSC, helped with the construction of the ramp.

The construction was made possible by a $500 donation made by the Hannibal American Legion for the building materials.

Parents of Special Children, Inc., is a not-for-profit agency serving Oswego County families who are caring for an individual with a developmental disability.

“Our services include respite care reimbursement, adaptive equipment and sensory items, educational advocacy, informational resources and support groups,” said Theresa Familo, program coordinator for PSC. “While these programs are fully funded through the NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, PSC relies on fundraising, donations and volunteers to assist with supporting family events (BBQ, bowling parties, ice cream socials, Breakfast with Santa) and projects that benefit our families.”

The new space for the organization was needed, Familo added.

“We recently moved to a larger suite within the same building we have been in for years,” Familo explained. “The larger space will allow us more flexibility to provide programs and events for our families.”

However, the new office wasn’t handicap accessible.

“We have been working with a non-profit group called Operation Northern Comfort, who help design and build ramps for organizations such as ours,” Familo said. “We have received a $500 donation from the Hannibal American Legion to go towards the building materials for the new ramp. The volunteers from Operation Northern Comfort and volunteers that our office recruited worked all day to build our ramp.”

PSC appreciates all of the support it has received for the project, she added.

For more information on Parents of Special Children, visit www.pscoswego.org

To reach Familo, call 598-7672 or email: [email protected]