Melville, Saskatchewan, April 9, 2018: Last week local REALTORS® had the opportunity to experience first-hand the new facilities at Rail City Industries (RCI) and learn how a $5,000 grant from the Association of Saskatchewan REALTORS® (ASR) Quality of Life Legacy Fund has contributed to the organization. On April 4, RCI Executive Director Tricia Switzer, staff, and clients opened their doors to local REALTORS®, ASR staff, and Melville-Saltcoats MLA Warren Kaeding to show how the organization is making a difference in the lives of 47 clients, and the whole community.
RCI provides programs and supports for people with physical and intellectual disabilities, with a philosophy that every individual should have the opportunity to live with dignity, self-respect and individual freedom. While RCI offers a variety of programs for its participants, including group homes, a functioning restaurant, recycling programs and a store with participant-made goods, funding from the Quality of Life Grant went specifically to a Mobi-Changer - a fully mobile changing table, which provides a safe changing environment for caregivers and participants. Says Switzer, on how the new equipment has helped, “I used to have staff with back injuries all the time – that’s something we don’t see anymore!”
“We love getting out to these organizations and seeing what a difference they’re making, and the lasting impact they have on the participants” says Bill Madder, CEO of the ASR. “When you hear that they keep losing clients from their Chef-in-Training program because participants receive employment opportunities from other businesses within the community, well that’s a great problem to have, and we’re proud to support organizations like RCI.”
The Quality of Life Legacy initiative awards grants to six community organizations from different regions of the province on an annual basis. The Legacy Grant Program accepts applications in January each year. Any charitable organization in Saskatchewan supporting the Quality of Life’s principles is encouraged to apply. More information can be found at saskatchewanrealestate.com.