Monterey Park, CA—MERCI is pleased to announce that construction is finished on the new Administration and Classroom Buildings at 525 North Chandler, Monterey Park. The public is invited to an Open House on Wednesday, August 31st from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Rene Araiza, MERCI Board member, will be the emcee for the Open House program. There will be tours of the buildings. Desserts and beverages will be served.
Loans, donations and grants have helped to construct the two new buildings which replaced other buildings built in the early 1900s. MERCI Executive Director Marta Escañuelas says that, “The buildings are a beautiful addition to Monterey Park, but funds are still needed to help pay off the loans.” MERCI will recognize all donations, but donations of $10,000 or more will have rooms named in honor of the individual, organization or business. With donations of $100,000 or more, an individual, business or organization will have building naming rights for one of the two buildings.
A group of parents of children with developmental disabilities from the San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles formed MERCI in 1955 as a school because at that time there were no educational options for their children. In 1962 MERCI moved into the 525 North Chandler Avenue site which had been built in 1919. Over the years MERCI has moved into supporting adults with day programs and adults in group homes. MERCI presently serves more than 100 adults with developmental disabilities from all over the San Gabriel Valley in five programs. It is estimated that there are 8,000 children and adults in this area alone who could benefit from the programs if there were more space. Planning for the construction of the new buildings started in 2006 with the award of $814,000 of federal HUD funds administered by the City of Monterey Park for the group home which was completed and opened in 2013.
MERCI needs the support of the community to complete payment for the project. Donations can be mailed to MERCI, P.O. Box 676, Monterey Park, CA 91754 or potential donors can visit MERCI’s website at http://www.merci.org and make a donation online. Donations to MERCI are tax deductible, as MERCI is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Individuals, businesses and organizations can rent the rooms for events evenings and weekends. For more information contact Executive Director Marta Escañuelas at (626) 289-8817 or E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.