Organization seeking donations for special needs group home

Organization seeking donations for special needs group home
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - The Arkansas Center for Independence will soon establish their sixth group home for special needs individuals.

The organization in Newport said they would be able to move several people into the donated home within the coming weeks.

"We were fortunate to receive a home from Wells Fargo," said Glenda Rutledge-May, the organization's executive director.

"We have hung on to it for the last couple of years because we have been seeing more growth and we thought we may need this house."

May said the organization has a few new clients who would like to live in a group home environment.

She said the home allows special needs individuals to socialize more and have their own space.

The organization is freshening the house up and even allowing future residents to choose what color to paint their room.

"There're so many things that go into it that a typical person might not have to think about," said May.  "Are the doorways wide enough, is the shower handicap accessible those kind of things we have to take into consideration."

The organization is reaching out to the community asking for donations of household furnishings.

"We have to fill the house with all of the necessary things that they need to be comfortable and be able to live," said May.

She said they are asking for donations of things like towels, furniture, a washer and dryer, and other furnishings.

Anyone who would like to donate can contact the organization at (870) 523-8488.

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