The J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has awarded the Center a $140,000 challenge grant toward renovations for our new 36,000 square foot headquarters building located on Lackland Rd. in Maryland Heights.

To date, we have raised 67 percent of our goal. We must raise an additional $199,600 by January 2017 to receive the matching funds. “We are thrilled to have received this prestigious grant and appreciate the vote of confidence in our expansion  project by the Mabee Foundation,” said Executive Director Donna Gunning.

To serve more people in need, the Center is moving to a new headquarters allowing for expanded services. The building is a “fixer upper” that needs approximately $800,000 in renovations. Renovations will include ADA restrooms, internal and external ramps, two commercial training kitchens, therapy rooms, a state-of-the-art therapy gym, interior offices and classrooms and universal design elements for access by people with disabilities.

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The impact of this additional space will be enormous. It will allow us to:

  • Double the number of people we serve.
  • Provide a more orderly, calming indoor and outdoor environment to assist people with traumatic brain injuries to heal and recover.
  • Offer outdoor recreational space critical for people with autism so they can decompress, regroup, gain composure and make progress toward their goals.
  • Allow us to create additional space for our social enterprises, Destination Desserts and Wags in a Bag, so that they can become sustainable businesses.
  • Train more people to find and keep meaningful employment through career guidance, training and employment programs.
  • Save more than $100,000 per year in rent that we can reinvest in programs and services.

We have state tax credits available for donors making gifts of $500 or more (including donors giving a cumulative of $500 or more in one calendar year).