Securing Our Future
We believe that the developmentally disabled adult population of Nelson County is underserved. There are currently 94 active clients at the GOC but we estimate that there may be a total population of 200 or more in the community that could benefit from additional programs and vocational opportunities. When the Foundation reacquired the building, we agreed to reimburse Communicare for the out-of-pocket expenses they incurred for remodeling and improving the building. This required us to secure a $1.3 million loan which will be paid off over the next five years. Expansion of our programs will also require additional employees and staff. To meet this need we have begun working with local school officials and other agencies to develop programs and processes that allow for identification and assessment of students and guide their integration into our programs.Completing the building acquisition process and developing new lines of business, such as the Food Services program, will require capital investment for equipment, marketing and staffing. We estimate that a short term goal of $2.0 million will enable us to accomplish both goals.
Having secured the facility, the Guthrie Opportunity Center Foundation is now prepared to begin maximizing potential by adding contract service capacity and expanding our current program offerings. As noted, we believe that there is a much larger population of developmentally disadvantaged adults that can benefit from our programs and work opportunities. To improve this situation, we have begun working with local school administrators, counselors and teachers to create a “Bridge Program” that would facilitate student transition between the schools and the GOC programs. Presently, developmentally disabled students are allowed to stay in school up to the age of 21. These programs would help them easily transition to our vocational training program or workforce after they have completed high school. In so doing, we not only expand the vocational opportunities for current participants, but also attract additional individuals to the program which is one of our primary goals. In addition, we are building a marketing and communications program that will educate parents and family members on our programs and the enriching benefits they would realize.