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Yakima’s Children’s Village, a facility that provides a variety of medical and therapy services for children with special needs, has recently completed its first expansion project since inception doubling the size of the building. This will allow existing programs to serve more children and allow the staff to focus on outreach programs in rural communities. According to Jackie McPhee, executive director of Children’s Village, “This expansion will enable us to better serve families who have children with special needs and expand outreach efforts to help identify these children in underserved populations. This has been our mission for several years but couldn’t due to not having enough examination and treatment rooms.”
The $7 million dollar expansion added 12,000 square feet, and remodeled another 5,000 square feet of existing space, increasing the overall size of the building to 36,000 square feet. In addition to more exam and treatment rooms, the expansion added offices, community meeting rooms, and expanded the playground area for children. “This expansion is helping put a dent in the four-to-six month waiting list for services. We’re very pleased the community saw the need for these children and helped us achieve our fundraising goals making this expansion possible,” McPhee added.
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