Memorial fund challenged by recession

08/03/09 Andrea Lypka
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The recession won’t stop a father from continuing to honor his late son, who volunteered working with people with developmental disabilities. The Robert Chase Memorial Fund is used to help people with the most profound disabilities. Ray Chase, an artist and retired maritime pilot, established the fund to honor his son, Robert.

Chase's specialties are Florida landscapes and maritime paintings. He sells them and donates the money to the fund.

Community Relations Coordinator Rita Hattab says this fund is a way for the center to give temporary assistance for people until their disability benefits come in from the state. She says some people with disabilities remain at home because without funding from the state they have to make a choice: "Do I eat, do I pay my rent or do I come from day service? With the money we can float people who otherwise would just be at home, " Hattab said.

For more information on the fund and Ray Chase's work, contact the MacDonald Training Center.

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