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Easterseals hosts open house

Adult day center has many offerings

SOUTH POINT — Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio, a new Adult Day Activity Center that opened earlier this year in conjunction with the Lawrence County Board of Developmental Disabilities, hosted an open house Tuesday afternoon to show the community what all it has to offer.

“This is the first open house we’ve had since we opened Jan. 4,” Pandora Shaw-Dupras, CEO of Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio, said. “We wanted to give people a chance to come out and see what we do.”

Around 45 people are currently enrolled at the South Point Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio, all of which have been approved by the Lawrence County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

The 14,000 square-foot building, which formerly housed the Sybene Senior Center, is equipped with a cafeteria, a room for arts and crafts, a basketball court, offices and more.

Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio is one of 75 affiliates of National Easterseals, which serve 28 counties in central and southeast Ohio with four sites, including South Point, Hilliard, Mt. Vernon and Chillicothe.

The purpose of Easterseals is to change the way the world defines and views disabilities by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives everyday.

Staff and some enrollees of the facility were on hand at the open house, giving tours of the building and answering any questions that anyone had. Refreshments were also available.

“We are proud to partner with the community and provide this vital service to adults with disabilities in Lawrence County,” Shaw-Dupras said. “And hopefully this is just the first step of several services that we’ll be able to offer the county.”

For more information about Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio, visit www.EastersealsCentralOhio.org.