At the Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments, we like to say that just because someone doesn't see; it doesn't mean they lack vision. The Delta Gamma Center's new facility in Richmond Heights is the result of this passionate vision. Our new building has been open and in use for over a year now. But we're not quite across the finish line yet. Our capital campaign is now entering its final phase, and we're seeking $500,000 to secure the new building's future.
The Lighthouse for the Blind- St. Louis has issued a $250,000 challenge match to the Delta Gamma Center to help us complete our $3.5 million capital campaign for the building. We have raised $3 million to date with just $500,000 more to complete the campaign. The Center has until June 30, 2011 to match the "dollar for dollar" challenge with contributions from the community. Our new building allows us to truly fulfill the Center's mission— to help children who are blind or visually impaired reach their full potential through expanded capacity, greater community visibility, and a fabulous facility. The hours of home-based educational services provided by the Center have increased by more than 30% since the new building opened.
The number of families served has more than doubled in the past 10 years, and the range of services offered by the Center has expanded as well.
A new building will support the families who receive our services and enable us to reach out to inform the larger community about the unique needs of children with visual impairments.
Designed for Learning.
The interior design will include adaptations crucial to facilitate learning in young children with visual impairments, and offer full access to activities for children with other disabilities as well. The exterior play space will incorporate engaging ways to develop independent mobility and exploration.