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Masons help CADS in time of need

Monday, November 8, 2010

A Helping Hand - Kathy Dyslin, Director of the Cherokee Adult Day Services CADS Program in Cherokee, and Phil Kindwall from the Masonic Temple, have worked together during a recent CADS construction project. Photo contributed
Cherokee County Work Services (CCWS) established Cherokee Adult Day Services (CADS) in1996.

This program was developed to provide day services to disabled individuals whose needs were not being met by the vocational setting of CCWS. This program can also assist families who care for loved ones at home. CADS can offer a break in the day for the caretakers. They can feel confident their loved one is being well-cared for. The program started with five participants and has grown to 19 today.

Several months ago, it was decided that the bathrooms at the CCWS facility had become inadequate and unsafe for some of their consumers to use. Limited space at the facility had also made it difficult to run the CADS program effectively.

After much brainstorming, CCWS officials decided they had no choice but to add on to their building and also redesign the inside of the facility to meet the needs of consumers and staff alike.

CADS then had to find an alternate location to provide services during the remodeling project, and needed a place that was wheelchair - accessible. CADS staff contacted Phil Kindwall of the Masonic Temple, and asked if CADS could possibly use their building for six months. Kindwall met with the Masons to discuss this request, and they agreed to allow this use of their facility. This was great news for CADS, as the Masonic Temple is within one block of CADS' current location, and is handicap - accessible.

CADS is going on their fourth month at the Masonic Temple, and they feel it has been a great partnership between the Masonic Temple and CADS.

The Masons have truly helped the CADS program in their time of need, and all the staff and CADS participants say "Thank You" to the Masons of Speculative Lodge 307 for welcoming them and allowing CADS to utilize their building during the CCWS remodeling "adventure."

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