The former home of St. Barnabas Parish in Depew is giving a non-profit agency new opportunities to serve the community. YNN's Kaitlyn Lionti tells us more about a new project for the Cantalician Center for Learning and how it will benefit students.
DEPEW, N.Y. —Students from the Cantalician Center for Learning are celebrating a new project that will make a difference for all of them.
The non-profit agency provides services for people with disabilities and Tuesday, broke ground on a multimillion dollar renovation project to give them a new place to do so.
"This school will allow all our students to join together as one, both the students who are fully mobile and those with limitations," said Terry Scofidio, executive director.
The center's new home is the former St. Barnabas Parish church and school in Depew.
During the project, the facility will be renovated and expanded, giving the Cantalician center an updated campus.
"Currently, our buildings range in age from 1906 to 1980s, they are cramped, they are not accessible. You can't update technology, all sorts of limitations, not to mention leaky roofs and windows," said Scofidio.
Sarah Gruszka spoke about what the new building will mean for her daughter, Dawn, who is a student at the center.
"The new school campus will open many new doors for her, many new opportunities and the freedom she deserves," said Gruszka.
Scofidio says they'll be offering new programs and have a technology center, music room and art room and enhanced physical and occupational therapy spaces.
"There will be a great sense of community integration, it's a wonderful area, so our students will be able to have opportunities for job and vocational learning," said Scofidio.
"We are excited about our new building and being a part of this community," said Eric Clark, a student at the center.
St. Barnabas Parish merged with Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish this summer.
Bishop Edward Kmiec says the Cantalician Center project is a wonderful reuse for the property.
"Today, we see a whole new future here. It's a bright day and that people will continue to serve here, fulfilling the mission of the church and of course, a mission that our Lord sends upon us," said Bishop Kmiec.
Scofidio says construction will begin next month and students from the School Age Program will be in next September.