Program gets a gift that will keep giving 5/14/2012 4:10:55 PM
From the Brampton GuardianDIRECT LINK
Some 33 adults with special needs will be able to taste the fruits of their labour as they tend to a herb and vegetable garden gifted to them by a local union.
Members of Labourers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 183, which is the largest construction local union in North America, donated the plants and other supplies to Special Needs Adult Program Services Organization (SNAPSO) Saturday (May 12).
Run out of Ellen Mitchell Community Centre at 922 North Park Dr., SNAPSO offers a day program— five days a week — for developmentally challenged adults by engaging them in activities such as music, dance, drama, literacy and cooking.
The three dozen individuals, who enjoy their time at the centre, love pottering outside, tending and watering the flower beds, said Kathy Bell, executive director, SNAPSO.
Kathy Bell’s visually impaired son John, 37, has cerebral palsy and finds gardening therapeutic as the activity helps him use senses such as smell and touch, said his mother.
“We run a cooking program here for which the kids plan the menu, go shopping, cook and enjoy a lovely lunch,” explained Bell. “How amazing is it that they will now be able to grow their own herbs and vegetables and see it happening...”
Since 2009, SNAPSO has helped dozens of families in the city. The fee-based program however has to rely on fundraising activities and support from individuals and organizations to meet some of its cost.
LIUNA Local 183 has been particularly supportive of SNAPSO and its members regularly drop by and celebrate special events such as Christmas parties with them, said Kathy Bell.
“It’s really heartwarming for us as parents to know someone from the community cares about your child,” she said. “It’s so touching.”
For more information about SNAPSO, call 905 458-6217.
"A union that cares about others. How refreshing. Maybe CUPE and other government unions could learn from this." -scotland
"a Union story that deserves some support. Thumbs up LIUNA." -BramaleaMan