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Charity looking for a permanent space to help grow services

Tomorrow's Voices co-founder Thea Furbert (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

A charity that helps autistic people and their families is looking to move to a permanent location.

Thea Furbert, the cofounder of Tomorrow’s Voices, told Hamilton Rotarians on Tuesday that the organisation has had to relocate five times since it was founded in 2006.

At present, the charity is at the former TN Tatem Middle School in Warwick, which Ms Furbert called a “perfect space”.

“We have ten classrooms [at the facility], and our clients can go on walks and play sports in the area, as well as cook in our kitchen,” she added. “We are looking for a space that can accommodate all those things.”

The organisation recently looked at 15 properties to call its permanent home, but the locations either did not have adequate facilities or were too expensive.

Tomorrow’s Voices has grown from working with four clients when it was formed to impacting the lives of more than 900 people last year through its different programmes.

Some of the charity’s services include its early intervention programme, which helps people on the autism spectrum between 2 and 21 years of age, a summer camp and a pilot initiative for adults older than 21.

The organisation also offers internships for college students and workshops for parents and teachers.

Jahnae Harvey, the charity’s senior behavioural therapist, said: “When Tomorrow’s Voices was founded, the intention was not to be around for 15 years. It was to be around for long as needed, and now we have a growth plan in place.”

A permanent space, as well as more funding, is needed to bring this plan into fruition.

The organisation’s fundraising goal this year is $500,000, some of which will be raised through the annual Autism Rocks Socks event.

Held on the last Friday of April, which is Autism Awareness Month, people at schools and businesses across the island raise money and awareness for the charity by sporting unusual socks. It is $5 for every participant.

To learn more about or donate to the charity, visit its website.

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Published February 02, 2023 at 7:43 am (Updated February 02, 2023 at 9:44 am)

Charity looking for a permanent space to help grow services

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