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(WBRE/WYOU-TV)     The Blue Prints are drawn up, now two charities are helping to propel forward the Saint Joseph’s Centers plans for expansion.

   Eyewitness News Reporter, Anja Whitehead shows us both the need for the expansion, and the work that will be done.

“I have seen it grow since Khayden has been here since he was one and they’ve got more kids and they’re absolutely amazing,” Said Jena Olecki

 Khayden loves coming to St. Joseph’s trinity center in Scranton they help dozens of medically challenged children but space is an issue.

    “Currently we have 30 children and we’re at max we have a waiting list of ten,” Said Ann Rink, Administrator of Community Programs St. Joseph’s Center   

 Leadership Lackawanna raised funds to help St. Joseph’s added two rooms in their new building on Monroe Avenue in Dunmore.

  “The two rooms that we’ll be putting in will be a sensory therapy room. And then a multipurpose room which is really just an indoor version of their playground,” Noted Kevin Morgan, Leadership Lackawanna.

 Here in the rear of the property, it doesn’t look like much now, but they have plans to install a large and more vibrant playground for the children to use.

  “The playground they have was not something that we were going to accept for these kids, we knew we had to give them an upgrade”. Said Kevin Morgan.

 When NFL Quarterback and Scranton native Matt McGloin heard the news, his foundation wanted to help by donating nearly ten thousand dollars to the cause. The playground will be dedicated in his name.

  “We just wanted to give back to the community. Every dollar that we raise in Northeastern Pennsylvania stays in Northeastern Pennsylvania,” Said Matt McGloin, Founder Matt McGloin Foundation.

 In the end it will help St. Joseph’s Trinity Care center double in size and take care of more children in the community.

  “It’s just so exciting that we’ll have the space to meet the children’s needs and provide more services to more children in Lackawanna County,” Noted Rink.

The goal is to have the project finished by September.


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