first_imgPARENTS and politicians have vowed to fight the closure of two special needs nurseries in Co Donegal.They spoke at a meeting at a Letterkenny hotel last night – as the HSE works to close facilities at Ballaghderg in the town and at St Agnes in Donegal Town.The Donegal County Childcare Committee (DCCC) had the public meeting. “The parents of severe-needs children need support, they need help,” said Gina Grant, a mum of Ballaghderg pupil.“Once these services are gone, they’re gone forever and we can’t allow that to happen.”DCCC held a public consultation last month, asking parents and service providers for their opinion on supports and policies that would be needed if students with special needs were integrated into mainstream preschools.But after the parents of children with complex medical needs addressed the meeting, a number of parents and service providers said they believed the plan was unworkable. Gina Grant says many local politicians are backing their campaign.“I never thought I’d need help like this and I did. It could be someone else in the future and parents and people need to come out and support Ballaghderg,” she said. PARENTS COME OUT IN SUPPORT OF SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOLS was last modified: June 11th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:PARENTS COME OUT IN SUPPORT OF SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOLSlast_img read more

Taking holiday spirit to homeless

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The shelter is due to open Friday, just two days before Christmas, and close March 15. It is run each year by the nonprofit Santa Clarita Community Development Corp., spawned years ago by volunteers from a coalition of churches determined to help house the local homeless, which last year numbered close to 80 people. Every year local politicians and residents battle it out over the location of a shelter to shield the Santa Clarita Valley’s homeless from the winter chill. “Socks and underwear?” one woman asked Preheim, referring to a potential donation. “If they’re brand new, bring them in,” the boss responded. “Do you need me to go to my office and get the food, the Top Ramen … ?” asked another volunteer. “There’s no rush on that,” Preheim responded. Now in its ninth year, the shelter was located at the city’s Sports Complex, in a building later turned into the Activities Center, then on the grounds of the Via Princessa Metrolink Station in Canyon Country. Under pressure from residents of an apartment complex blocks away, the city sought a new location. When county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich suggested the guarded grounds of the Pitchess Detention Center jail complex in Castaic, that community nixed the plan. “It sucks that they have to pull it out at the last minute every year,” said Daniel Rachi, who, with his brother Laurence, installed the buildings for Orange County-based Quick Deck, which has provided the temporary structures for the past three years. But on Tuesday, the crew that gathered early to caravan from a Valencia church to the shelter site proved the Grinch doesn’t own Santa Clarita. “They don’t have a warm house to wake up in,” said 10-year-old Rachael Tiemann, who folded blankets with friend Amelia Blackwell, also 10. “It makes me sad,” Amelia said. “I wanted to help.” The girls were there with their mothers and siblings. They scrubbed the metal army cots and turned them into beds. Slowly, the quarters became liveable. Preheim’s husband Larry and his sister Teresa Preheim joined the effort. “I look at it this way,” Teresa Preheim said. “There but for the grace of God go I. I can afford to help out. I can’t think of a better way to spend my time this time of year.” Larry Preheim helped truck equipment to the shelter and was his wife’s go-to guy. “She’s in charge. I do what she tells me to do.” Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Barbara Preheim is a tiny woman – surely no more than 5 feet tall – but she has an enormous heart and an even greater sense of command. When she spoke Tuesday, the 25 or so volunteers, young and old, who gathered to set up Santa Clarita’s winter homeless shelter jumped. Cots were erected, blankets laid out, bottled water was carted in and so on, as the two temporary buildings trucked to a county yard in the heart of the city took shape. “Is this unreal?” Preheim said during a very brief break. “So many people come to help.” last_img read more