Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 2, 2012

Wade Center meets financial goal to keep serving community

BLUEFIELD — A fundraising campaign to keep the Wade Center open has gone over the top.

The center had to raise $81,000 for three-months worth of operating costs as mandated by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. Jessica McDaniel, executive director of the Wade Center, said a donation from Grant’s Supermarket helped put the campaign over the top.

“Grant’s called us on Friday and asked what our balance was,” McDaniel said. “It was around $71,000, and when we told them that they told us to come by and pick up a check for $10,000. We are now at $86,000 because more donations have continued to roll in. This will give us a cushion as we go into the first three months.”

Community contributions made the fundraising campaign a success, McDaniel said.

“It is so great,” she said. “I would say the best thing is seeing how much the community cares. People not only sent in money but nice notes, smiley faces and prayers for us. Those were such a boost to us.”

McDaniel said all that is left is the final inspection from the DHHR.

“The DHHR official is coming on Wednesday to go over everything,” she said. “We have gotten the permits we needed from the fire marshal and health department. From what I understand, this meeting is just a formality.”

According to McDaniel, officials at the center are now working on securing staff and taking applications for students.

“We are hoping to open up on Oct. 15,” she said. “We are taking applications for students now and are going to have to cap it off at 75 students due to the funding requirements. We will be taking applications for students from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. We are also capping off the number of staff available for that reason. We are interviewing teachers and organizing the schedules for students. We are really busy now. This is probably the busiest we have ever been.”

McDaniel said the center will continue fundraising to help make the program self-sufficient.

“We have a fundraiser planned at Bob Evans this Thursday,” McDaniel said. “We have fliers available at our offices, and if someone brings in a copy of the flier to Bob Evans when they eat Thursday, 15 percent of the proceeds from their meal will go to the Wade Center. Bluefield College is also doing a haunted house to help us raise funds later this month.”

McDaniel said she and other staff members at the Wade Center are most looking forward to having children back in the center’s halls.

“Whenever the work gets hard, we look at the pictures of those kids and remember why we are doing this,” she said. “We just can’t wait. We miss the laughter in the halls, the little people saying hello to us as they pass the office. We miss the interaction and our time together.”

— Contact Kate Coil at

kcoil@bdtonline.com

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