Have you ever thought about the people that society pushes aside?
That’s how a group of parents in Belmont County describe the treatment of people with intellectual and physical disabilities, and now they are trying to make a change with a first of it’s kind effort in Belmont County.
The parents have banded together with the with group ‘Advocating for the Rights of Citizens’ based out of Columbus to start an initiative to make sure these forgotten people have the daily essentials many of us take for granted, the initiative is called the ‘Angel Project’, “At the end of the month, their housing and their medical expenses takes most of their money. Some have as little as $30 a month to spend, so there really isn’t a whole lot of money that can purchase things like shoes and coats; things like that, and at the end of the month a lot of people run out of food,” said Linda Link, a mom of a special needs child and Chairperson for ARC of Southeast Ohio.
“We’re trying to find funding sources for food and clothing for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” added David Lewis, Chief Operating Officer for ARC of Ohio.
The group already has some private investors trying to help these people in need, but if you would like to get involved you can call the ARC of Ohio at 614-487-4720 or by visiting their website at www.thearcofohio.org.