Community rallies to keep Nicholson Center open

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) — There was a lot of community support Friday night to keep the Nicholson Center in Niles open.

The center lost out on thousands of dollars because of clients not being able to come because of the cold weather. However, the center has a plan in the works to help it stay open.

The doors at the Nicholson Center are open, but only administrative staff are working.

“It’s surreal that our five-year anniversary is on Sunday and here we are fighting to stay alive,” said Robert Nicholson, Executive Director of the Nicholson Center.

Getting the center’s clients and employees back in the Niles building is a priority for Nicholson. He’s hopeful it will happen.

“We’re working on putting a fundraiser together to help raise funds and save the center on Feb. 19,” said Nicholson.

Nicholson working on a lot of the details. He’s looking for entertainment, food and auction items. The plan is to make it an all-day event at the center.

“We want people in the community to know  that we’re part of the community and come in and take a look around and see what we do everyday,” said Nicholson.

Nicholson said he’s been getting a lot of calls for people asking how they can help, including a call from Fairhaven Programs.

“The board just wants to offer our support to those folks and those individuals, assist them and their families in any way possible,” said Edward Stark, Superintendent of Fairhaven Programs.

Fairhaven also serves people with developmental disabilities. The superintendent knows this is a difficult situation for the people who go to the Nicholson center.

“We all serve the same folks, we’re all providing service to people with developmental disabilities so we have to look out for other folks in our community,” said Stark.

Back at the Nicholson Center, administrators are operating as usual, making sure everything is ready when its clients come back.

“I really have a lot of hope that we’re going to be able to reopen the doors and bring the clients back,” finished Nicholson.



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