Box 3, Folder 16, Document 13

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Box 3, Folder 16, Document 13

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101 icrc a Srr c ct Bldg.
T . M. Parham
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· J·uly 1 6, 1959
E:-c:c uriv c t\dm ini s tr"t o r
Ivan Allen, ·Jr. , President
Allen Foundation, Inc
29 Pryor Street, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Mr. Allen:
This is a direct appea l to·'.:::a area civic c l ub3 · and.
phila nthr opic f oundat ion thou9ht t o h ave som,~ concert1 fo ::'.:' ths
w 12lfar e o f th e young peop l e li vin9 in
c or:rm11::1ityo
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my work as EOA cons ult an t in me ntal re·!:ard a tion and .3pecial
ed.u::ation I have :b 12c ome aTr-1a re o f th 12 l a rg"" n um]Je:::- o f m,3::1.tal ly
r etard ed chi ldren re3idiwr in EO_'\ t arg e t areas who are not
r e:::::e i ving ad s q :.:iate .3 er v ice3 from area ::,ge :.icies re sp,: msible
for tbs c a r e of these children.
received .3 -s i:vice from a11.y agencyo
.s i tu a t io;1 o
Many area children h ave never
To ;:ns , th is i s an incredib l e
Perhaps as a profess io~a l p erson I have b e 8 n too
f ar r e:nov 2 .::l. f r ')7l reality to fe s l t he urgency of the:~ :'l(~ed th ese
chi l dren h a v e for tr a inin3 in s e l f - c a re skills.
Aft er eva lu -
atinq the p r o:J ra1.n s a n d c ommu nity fac i li t i es f o .:. t h e r e t ard·s d,
I am we ll awa r e of th-8 d s,1perat e sit uation f asinq the3.3 neJ ~
l ec: t ed c hild .reno
T.:1.e public s c:.1.0 can care fo:r only a
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fr a ct i o o:1 of o ur ment a lly retard2d ~hildre::i ; private c oTTun·.mity
agencies prov id e p.r ogr a~ s · for e7en sma ll er gro', and · thi s
l e aves mos t
of o'J.r c::1iJ.d ren. wi th no prb,JTam s of any kind o
I fe e l th a t
eac}1 of th e fm:trt e,3n EOA Neighborhood S ervic e
Centers sho'J.ld have at l eas t
on e p r o,:1-ram ser vi ng fro:11. tw,.3lv2
t o fifte.3::1 n ,2 ighborh.::>od chil dren.
At this time , only four
o f th e Centers h ave proJr ams and two of thos ,3 are f o:.:- th-2
current sumner only.
Econo:11i c Op,;;:,ortuni ty Atla:ri·':a, Inc o, has no fun::ls for this
speci fic area of n eed .
Th e i r c ont r ibution thus f ar ha s baen
i n the form of s.e:::iio:c Aides , Neighborhood Yo' Corps tra in.e es ,
su rp lu.s food com.nodi ties and tr a n s p o rtation services provid9d
by individu a l Ce nt ers.
Ea c h Cent er probably has suffici e:::it
f lex ibl e funds to spons o r a n e i ghborh.'.) o d p ro gram for the ::nentally ret a rd ed , h o~eve r , due to the o rga nization structure of
N,eighbo:ch.:)od Se:i::vi c e Cent ers too l it t l e t i m.:::. is l e ft b e fo:.:-e
the co:T1.m i t tme:it of 1969- 7 0 fu nds to fully info :".:'rn e ad1 3-:ro,rp
of the urge n c y o f n ee ::l for thi s p 3rticul ar kind of service
'I '~,is makes it n ecessary to s2,:)k oth 3r s,:m rce .s of
fu nd .s for staffing to in s u re th e .ext e::1 ,3ion ,.:)f some o f o:1r
establish e d progra.:'tls beyond this s ··..1.rt1tn1;.r o
By bud,; et p l anning
time for 1 970 - 71 a ll Centra l N·~ighbor}1ood Action Com"Tli tt ees
wi ll h.e throuJhly fa:."Tli li a r with th e necessity of establishin3
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neighborhood pro:::sra1.n s fo r t hei r rn en Lc1. l ly retard ed ::::hildre::1~
An add jt io~al so~ rce of funds for th 3 cani ng fi~ca l y8ar is
t h e Geo rg ia State Dapartme nt o f Public 3 e alth - th e ag e~:::: y
w~1ich i s l ega lly ch arged t he r e .3 pO!Lsibi l ity of p ...:-ov iding
s e rvic es for t hese chi ldren.
In thG meantime , if eve~1 a f ew
of th e many t arget area chi ld ren needing servi c es a re to b e
served , civic organi z ations , church g r o~ps , and p r i vat
d a tions need to provid e fin a nci a l s:ipport wi t h wl:lich to staff
n e ighborh:::>:::>d p r o 3rams fo :'.'.' the cu.rrent fiscal y ear o
I firmly
believ e in th e concept o f loc a l r espo~sibility for loc a l pro gr ams and the s i tu a tion regardin-3 the care of mentally retarded
childre;-i in th is community i s a s evere loc a l p roble::n.
If I h ava ~ een emot ional I do not apologiz e.
My sense of
p r ofess ion a l and pe rson a l inte grity is outr aged by such n eglect
and \v2. ,3 imp l y
s : not a llo,v thi s to cont i nue o
Plea s2 do every -
thing po ss ibl e to -'.~nable th e econo::nic a lly d ·~prive d areas o f
Atl an.ta to st aff n:;ighbo rhoo:1 pro1rai:ns for th e i r ment a lly .c e :: ard e d childre::-i.
E:".lclo s .3::J. i s a
'tv1.1i ch
o f a prop:isa l for a s:na ll n ei ghborh,:,:id
can ::>G fol lowed b y any sponsor i n3 a :re.::-1cy w.i. th
eno·J.9~.1 c oncern for mentally re t ard e d c;.1ild.rven to initiat e ac:tio n
to pro7ide th e~ wi t h th ~ s erv ices we t ak e for gr a nt ed for ou r
duri ng- th 3
I will b e ql ad to m·~<;;t with your g roup anytime
to answer any qu ,9 stion.s you or th ey might h a v e
abo'..1t th-~ propo.;;al, and discuss ways in which your gro:J.p might:
make a soncre t~ contribut ion to the wa lfa re 6£ our gro ss ly
11,33lected ln e::i.ta lly re_t ard e ::J chi l dr e ::l c
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