Fundraiser to Help Orange Grove Programs

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Orange Grove Center is dealing with budget restraints.

That’s after recent changes to federal and state funding guidelines.

Now the center, which serves people with disabilities, is looking for some help to keep its enrichment programs going.

Director of Development Heidi Hoffecker says government funding doesn’t cover enrichment services like music, art and physical education.

“Those services we have always felt were very important to a balanced program and balanced services that we provide for the individuals we serve,” Hoffecker said.

The center still provides these services, but the budget constraints make it more difficult to fund them.

“The way the government funding works is the funding follows the person,” Hoffecker said. “We don’t get just some giant check from the feds or from the state of Tennessee, saying, ‘Here you go. Take care of all these individuals.’ We get funding for each individual that we serve based on what their specific needs are.”

And workers say these programs improve their client health and self-esteem at Orange Grove, plus they reduce depression. It helps their overall quality of life.

“If you would just take two seconds and imagine what your life would be without music on the radio, without any opportunity to get physical exercise or have a trainer or have organized sports, or what your life would be without art. It’d be pretty bleak,” Hoffecker said.

That’s why the Orange Grove Center is looking forward to a fundraiser Saturday night to help with the costs.

“We will be pickin’ and lickin’. There will be a bunch of blue grass bands there, and we will be licking our plates clean, so the plates will be available for sale,” she said.

The Harrison Ruritan Club is hosting the fundraiser across from Central High School.

It runs from 6 to 9 p.m., with a suggested donation of $5 per person.


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