As a non-profit operation, the Dartmouth Adult Services Centre (DASC) must always walk the line between operational costs and client services. Every dollar spent on one usually means a dollar less to spend on the other.
So when the organization decided it was time to build a new headquarters, the plan right from the start was to finance it in such a way that the finished building was mortgage free.
"The building is going up and we're moving in December, so it is happening," says Cathy Deagle Gammon, DASC's executive director. "Now the goal is be mortgage free. If we have to carry a mortgage that's a payment to the bank each month instead of someone's salary, and that goes against client services."
And the goal is within reach. After more than a year of fundraising, DASC is just under $500,000 shy of its target. The campaign is now shifting its focus to its Burnside neighbours to help close the gap.
DASC Capital Campaign Co-Chairs Mark Gascoigne and Mickey MacDonald are leading the charge and asking caring Burnside companies to join them in raising the final dollars. Several Park companies, such as Sandler Training and Acadian Seaplants, have already been contacted and expressed an interest in helping out.
Direct donations are always welcome, but there are other ways to contribute as well. The new building on Dorey Avenue will include two training rooms/boardrooms that will be made available for use by the Burnside community in addition to assisting DASC with its training goals. Naming rights for these rooms are currently available.
Each of the rooms will be equipped with video conferencing capabilities, as well as smart boards and digital projectors.
"These rooms will really change the way we work with our clients in teaching and instruction, even in such areas as literacy and numeracy," Deagle Gammon says. "And businesses have the opportunity to put their name on that."
For 40 years DASC has provided quality programs for adults with an intellectual disability. But more than that, through vocational day programs and community employment programs, it has given individuals the support they need to become active members of their community. DASC helps each client find personal fulfillment, provides a place for them to enjoy the dignity that only a job well done can provide and a purpose-built facility will allows the organization to effectively meet their needs.
If you want to be a part of all that, call DASC at 468-6606 to arrange a visit to talk about how you can help DASC reach its goal. Or you can reach out to Cathy Deagle Gammon at firstname.lastname@example.org, Mark Gascoigne at email@example.com or Mickey MacDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org.