DSAGT Provides COVID-19 Relief for Families

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 3:16 PM | Krista Huff (Administrator)

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Toledo (DSAGT) is excited to announce that they are one of 17 local community based organizations to receive an emergency response fund grant from the United Way of Greater Toledo (UWGT). Since the Emergency Response Fund’s establishment, hundreds of individual donors and nearly 40 corporate partners, businesses and community institutions have given to UWGT, totaling just over $700,000.

DSAGT is the recipient of a $4,500 grant that will be used to provide food assistance to 60 of their families who may be experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 outbreak. “It’s important for us at DSAGT to continue meeting the ever changing needs of our Down syndrome community, especially during these difficult times and thanks to the United Way, we’re now able to assist our families financially in a way we didn’t think we could” says Administrative Director, Krista Huff.

In addition to the DSAGT Food Assistance Program, DSAGT’s Program Director Hanna Fotsch has been working to move as many DSAGT programs to a virtual format as possible to ensure families can stay connected and continue to receive DSAGT services. Current virtual programs range from parent social groups, to physical movement and music programs, to Kindergarten prep programs. “Although we are missing seeing our families face to face, we have a real opportunity with virtual programs to still support them in meaningful ways and in addition, we can reach our service area in a way we never could before” says Hanna.

If you would like to apply for a grocery gift card from the DSAGT Food Assistance Program, you can access the application here and return completed application to Hanna Fotsch, Program Director at hanna@dsagt.org. If you need additional services or have questions you can call DSAGT at 567-742-4004 or email information@dsagt.org.

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