After five years of planning, fundraising and building, a dream came true for CEO Nela Cumming and her team at Encompass, as the nonprofit opened its new development center in the city. ‘child to the public.
âFor us to finally be in it and have it support our work in so many wonderful ways is a dream,â Cumming said. âThe therapists love it, the kids love it. It is really fascinating.
The building, located at 9050 384th Ave. SE in Snoqualmie, opened on July 12. It is a unique pediatric facility specially designed for the therapeutic treatment of children aged 3 to 8 years with developmental delays, disabilities and behavioral health. challenges.
The center offers a range of therapies including speech, physical, occupational, nutritional, family and motor. The facility also offers groups of children to discuss emotional management, overall health, and social skills.
Cumming said that throughout the year-round construction of the building, the building’s architects regularly spoke with therapists and Encompass staff to make adjustments and optimize the building for treatment.
âThe problem with this facility is that there is nothing else like it in the Eastside,â Cumming said. “There are other places for pediatric therapy, but there is nothing that looks like this, that is designed like that, that has a natural outdoor space.”
Encompass started working on the development center in 2016. The organization performed a feasibility study to assess community support. Encompass executives spent the next four years raising money for the $ 7 million project, officially purchasing the property in June 2019 and innovating a year later.
Cumming said the building’s construction had seen several ups and downs, including an additional year of fundraising and concerns about receiving funds from the state, but staff got through with the support of families they served.
Rebekah McHugh, a mother whose 6-year-old child with Down syndrome has been treated by Encompass staff since she was two weeks old, said the nonprofit was essential for the development of his family and his son.
“[The staff] I just listen, offer support and occasional hugs, when the challenges and frustrations of raising a child with special needs become overwhelming, âshe said during the grand opening ceremony of the center on August 19. âWe wouldn’t be where we are without surrounding ourselves.
In addition to the new facility, Encompass serves all families with children ages 8 and under, regardless of their ability. They operate preschools in Carnation and North Bend and provide home and group services to parents.
âEncompass has been part of the community for 55 years,â King County Council member Kathy Lambert said at the opening. “That says a lot about its lasting potency.”
Compared to the old building, the new facility can accommodate 30% more children and has outdoor space, including a playground and garden, which was not previously available.
Cumming particularly highlighted the building’s kitchen, designed to treat people with eating disorders. She also said the outdoor garden, large enough to accommodate two or three therapy sessions, was the favorite part of the new building for children and therapists.
âOur vision is a community where all children thrive,â Cumming said. “This place is the physical embodiment of the love, care and support we have for the children of the valley.”
To learn more about the center, visit entourenw.org/child-development-center/.