Archive for Thursday, October 18, 2007

Home tours benefit children with disabilities

October 18, 2007

This Sunday, six homes in Leavenworth and Lansing will open their doors to the community in an effort to raise money for local children who have developmental disabilities.

The tiny-k Program of Leavenworth County, which provides free therapy services to area children with developmental delays and disabilities, will host its first Fall Harvest Homes Tour. Organizers hope to make the tour an annual event.

People can buy tickets for $10 that will grant them access into several homes where they can meet and ask questions to the homeowners as well as get new ideas for fall decorations.

Cassie Ernzen, a marriage and family therapist with Nurturing Families Inc., said that because all of the therapy services offered to families are free, the organization must look for new ways to raise money.

She said she hopes residents see the importance of offering support for the tiny-k Program and realize that what they give could directly affect their own neighbors.

"One of the biggest aspects is that the children we serve are right here in Leavenworth County," she said.

Families who are concerned their children might have a developmental disability, who are ages birth to 3 years old, can receive an evaluation from the tiny-k Program. The program offers services that include family counseling, social work, speech/language therapy, physical therapy, nutrition screening and vision screening.

Ernzen said Nurturing Families usually did fundraisers geared more toward children. When the idea for a home tour was presented, she said she thought it would help the program reach out to a new group of people.

Most of the homes on the home tour are newer models rather than historic buildings. Ernzen said the tour would let residents see how other people are setting up their homes. She also said that fall decorations would be on display for people looking for interesting ideas to try in their own homes.

The tour will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. Tickets can be purchased before Sunday at Nurturing Families, Inc., 3400 S. 4th St. Trafficway, at the back entrance of the Leavenworth Plaza next to Maximus Fitness.

Tickets can also be bought on the day of the event at any of the six homes along the tour. The following homes will be included in the tour: 1920 Woodridge Drive, Leavenworth; 1816 Edgewood Court, Leavenworth; 2300 S. 22nd St., Leavenworth; 3751 S. 20th St., Leavenworth; 652 Holiday Lane, Lansing; and 194 Canyon View, Lansing.

For more information contact Nurturing Families, Inc., at (913) 651-1000.

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