Monday, October 16, 2000

Agency celebrates move


Reach Out Lakota plans open house at new facility

By Anna Guido
Enquirer Contributor

        WEST CHESTER TWP. — An open house celebrating Reach Out Lakota's recent move and expansion in services will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 at the social service agency's new facility.

        Reach Out Lakota moved in June to 6561 Station Road from leased space on Tylersville Road.

        Reach Out Lakota provides food, clothing, toys, personal care items and household goods to nearly 600 families each year in West Chester and Liberty townships. The agency also gives out school supplies to an estimated 175 Lakota children each school year.

        In its nine years, Reach Out Lakota has outgrown two rental facilities. Executive director Lourdes Ward, a licensed social worker, has wanted to offer counseling and tutoring services from the start. But lack of space has always been a problem, she said.

        Budget and nutrition counseling for adults and tutoring for children will now be available at the agency's new 4,000-square-foot building.

        Land for the building was donated by West Chester Presbyterian and St. John's churches. The $45,000 in seed money was raised by The Key Foundation of Southeastern Butler County.

        Materials and labor were donated by area residents and businesses to offset a portion of the cost.

        For more information, call 779-7515.

       



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