Posted: Mar 25, 2013 4:24 PM by Rachel Cole - email@example.com
Updated: Mar 25, 2013 6:49 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center in town is planning to expand its facilities based on the growth in the number of people it serves. Mary Wambach is the executive director at the center, she says the Board of Trustees have been working to get more space for their growing non profit organization.
"We're becoming too many people for this space, so we approached the city last year and asked if we could add an extension building," Wambach said.
They considered two options, one was to add a second floor but the other was expanding the current building out into Mt. Vernon Park. Wambach says a little over a half acre of park space would be enough to accommodate the growing number of people that come to the center, she says she hope to see a lot of community support for this new addition.
"I hope that the community will be supportive of us because I think many people have never understood how many people with hearing loss are in the area," Wambach said.
She says building more room for the center will help alleviate a few issues they have with their limited space.
"It would have a large meeting space with a closed door which we don't have now, it would have more offices, it would have more accessible rest rooms and most important of all more parking," Wambach said.
She says she also wants the staff, who work in cramped quarters to be as comfortable as well as people who come in for services. The plans are up for a second reading with city council and if approved, Wambach says they hope to fund most of the expansion through federal grants.
"I'm very hopeful that we get the go ahead because our population of service has grown and right now we literally almost have to sit in each other's laps to provide services," Wambach added.
The center hopes to begin construction of the additional facilities in the spring of next year.
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