HAGERSTOWN -- The announcement Tuesday of a $375,000 federal grant for the Easter Seals Adult Day Service Center in Hagerstown became quite personal when a client who is already benefiting told her story.
"I have come so far, thanks to all my friends at Easter Seals," said Patricia Burkett.
Now 65 and using a walker, Burkett started attending the day program at the 101 E. Baltimore St. center last April.
It became apparent quickly that Burkett needed housing that would better meet her needs. She was placed with Deb Youngbar and her husband in their Department of Social Services care-provider home and is still living there.
"She is very happy," Youngbar said. "My husband and I are her mom and dad now."
The new federal grant will allow Easter Seals to partner with the Housing Authorities of both Hagerstown and Washington County to improve the quality of life for the elderly and disabled, like Burkett.