BENTON HARBOR — The LOGAN Autism Learning Center in Southwest Michigan dedicated its Honor Classroom Monday in recognition of the $30,000 gift Honor Credit Union Foundation is giving the center over the next three years.
The credit union has pledged to give $10,000 a year for three years to LOGAN’s “For the Kids” capital campaign. The money will be used to pay for renovations to the former Stump School, which the South Bend-based nonprofit opened last fall.
“We’re amazingly thankful,” said Kristin Wier, clinical site director. “It helps us to have this opportunity to bring better services and more services and more materials, the most up-to-date therapy, to the children in this community.”
The center, at 1651 E. Nickerson Ave., serves more than 100 families and has a staff of 67.
LOGAN is spending $1.5 million to renovate the building, which includes replacing the floors, expanding the restrooms to include showers, and replacing the heating and air conditioning system.
Patrick Roemer, director of development in Michigan, said they have raised $900,000 so far and are looking for more donations. For more information, call Roemer at 252-8145.
He said employees of Honor Credit Union have not only donated money, but volunteer at fundraising activities.
“They’re going so far above and beyond for the community,” he said. “These people are great.”
Honor Credit Union CEO Scott McFarland said donating money to the learning center fits right in with the credit union’s roots.
“Honor started as a teacher’s credit union,” he said. “It seems like a strong connection there. Not to mention that it’s a passion that our team got behind.”
The center has six classrooms, a sensory room, staff room, offices, gymnasium and warming kitchen.
Weir said they serve people of all ages.
LOGAN was created in 1950 in South Bend by a group of parents who wanted to provide educational services to their children and others who had intellectual disabilities. LOGAN opened the Southwest Michigan site in 2013 at First Congregational Church in St. Joseph, before moving to its new location.
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