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Roots 2 Wings awarded $10,000 small business grant

Monday, December 28, 2015


Published by The Windsor Star | December 28, 2015
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Windsor’s Roots 2 Wings has been awarded $10,000 through the ADP Canada 2016 small business grant contest.

Roots 2 Wings executive program director Jody Lowrie started the business a few years ago to provide programming for youth and young adults living with a disability. The program is geared toward a wide range of disabilities including autism, visual impairments, Down syndrome, mental health and learning disabilities.

“We offer a daytime program for those done high school,” she said. “It’s a place for them to go and bond. We focus on building life skills, community engagement, socialization, professional development and recreation.”

Before and after hours programs as well as weekend programs are designed to give caregivers a break while their loved ones can socialize with their peers. Community engagement is a priority in programs such as Inspired Sounds Music Therapy, Dance with Soul to Sole, Winstars gymnastics, Pottery and Palettes and pet therapy.

For Lowrie, Roots 2 Wings holds a special place in her heart. She began the business to meet the needs of her son, Gabriel, who has autism.

“I started the program from my home,” she said. “When Gabe was finishing high school, I was getting an eye-opener on the lack of services and the need for quality care programming.

“I was worried that the goals and skills we had worked on during his school days would fall to the wayside if he did not receive proper attention and stimulation.”

The need for Roots 2 Wings became apparent as they’ve had to change locations several times in order to meet demands. The program currently has between 40 to 50 people at its Jefferson Road location.

The latest $10,000 grant will help to offset some of the growing costs.

“We are in need of some accessibility equipment for those that are in wheelchair or have mobility issues,” she said. “We are in need of a lift and transfer equipment with toileting and getting in and out of vehicles.”

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