HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – The URS Telethon is Sunday, December 3 and this is WDTN’s chance to share with you the stories of the people whose lives have been helped by your support.
One local family has learned that times two.
Kylie and Kensley. Two active sisters. 2-year-old Kylie has cerebral palsy. 8-month-old Kensley has typical development.
They both attend the youth services program at URS. Their mom Jennifer, who has a full-time job, doesn’t have to make multiple stops to get her kids the care they need.
“With therapy being offered here at her daycare it does save me time after I get off work. I don’t have to run to take her to therapy and we can go home and actually relax for a minute,” said Jennifer.
“We can really provide a special place where those families can bring their kids not just for good quality child care but we also provide nursing services on site as well as occupational. Physical and speech therapy. There is nowhere else like this,” said United Rehabilitation Services Executive Director Dennis Grant.
Kylie’s been at URS for two years getting speech, physical and occupational therapy. And she loves it.
Jennifer said, “They came the other day and she jumped to their arms so she enjoys what they do to help her because she loves to learn that she can do what the other kids are doing.”
Dennis grant knows more families need this type of care. “We have a waiting list for almost three years now trying to get children in here so we can serve their families so they can continue to work and lead productive lives. And with that kind of demand we felt that there was only one solution and that is to expand the services we offer,” said Grant.
For two years, URS has planned its expansion of the youth services program in the next year. It expects to double its enrollment from 62 to 122 children. URS offers daycare, before and after school programs and therapy. URS is also open full days during Christmas break, spring break and summer.
“It makes me feel a lot better knowing that she is well taken care of here and that she likes it here,” said Jennifer. “[It] takes a lot of stress off of me.”
You can watch this year’s URS telethon Sunday, December 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on WDTN.