A $5.5 million New Markets Tax Credit allocation from Finance Fund enables United Rehabilitation Services (URS) of Greater Dayton to double the size of the current facility and significantly increase URS’ capacity to provide specialized programs for children and adults with disabilities or other special needs. The project includes construction of a 21,000 sq. ft. Children’s Wing and other facility enhancements, and creates or retain approximately 169 jobs.
Founded in 1956, URS Dayton serves clients with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, autism spectrum disorders, Alzheimer’s, pervasive development disorders, acquired brain injury and other special needs. Medical care and therapies are focused on helping clients become as independent as possible and integrating adults with disabilities into the Dayton community through an employment program.
The new Children’s Wing will triple the number of infants and double the number of toddlers and preschoolers in the Early Learning Childhood Education programs. URS is the only area provider of special needs childcare with onsite nursing services and therapies. With the expansion, URS will reduce wait lists for programs and enable more caregivers to continue to work while their medically fragile dependents receive quality care. In addition, construction adds a half-gym/multi-purpose room for indoor recreation, gross motor development and additional space for youth and adult services programs. Through enhanced space and collaboration with Samaritan Behavioral Health, URS also offers onsite counseling, intensive classroom behavior management programs and a meditation room for clients of all ages. URS also expand its capacity in Adult and Senior programs by 60 clients