|HEALTH MINISTER TO VISIT N.D.G. CENTE FOR ADULTS WITH SEVERE PHYSICAL DISABILITIES|
MONTREAL, MARCH 1, 2004— Quebec Health Minister Phillippe Couillard will make a special visit to the new headquarters of the Centre D'Activites Recreatives et Educatives (CARE) in N.D.G. on Friday, March 5 (11 a.m.). The CARE Centre now operates out of the English Montreal School Board’s (EMSB) Shadd Business Centre (1000 Old Orchard), having relocated from its previous location at Marymount Academy.
The CARE Centre is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of adults with severe physical disabilities. CARE offers a program of varied educational and recreational activities to the clients while keeping them part of the general community. The Centre is client-focused and the clients are encouraged to have the maximum independence possible, says Program Director David Applebaum.
Funding comes partially from the EMSB and the Quebec government. The rest is raised from student-fees and the private sector. Marymount Adult Centre Director Nick Furfaro oversees the program and pays the teachers and attendants. Hospitals and social agencies refer the clients. The Centre also offers community-based classes in Basic Education at 28 locations across the island. There are currently 16 people enrolled in CARE, which runs classes weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The move to Shadd was necessitated by the growing demands for space from the high school at Marymount. Nonetheless, it remains affiliated with the Adult Centre.
Michael J. Cohen