Labor of Love: Sertoma Center

6:35 PM, Jul 10, 2013   |    comments
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Back in 2011, WBIR launched a Labor of Love project with the help of the Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville and the community.

With your support and assistance, we renovated the homes of Helen Ashe and Ellen Turner, co-founders of The Love Kitchen.

In 2012, we started another Labor of Love project to help Childhelp get a new roof after a storm in 2011 seriously damaged the building's old one.

Now we've decided to rally the troops once again for another Labor of Love and we need your help.

The Sertoma Center serves those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, a group that some of us might try to ignore.

It's too painful, we think, to see their struggles.

At the Sertoma Center, their differences are embraced.

"For a lot of these people, Sertoma is it. They're treated like family. It's a really neat place," said Michelle Allan, a client mother.

They might not look like us, talk like us, or act like us, but in a world where unconditional love is hard to come by, they give it out as if they have an endless supply stored away.

For the majority of these individuals, Sertoma is home and it's a good one. They stay in houses in the area with around-the-clock care.

"I'd say that two-thirds of those individuals have no families, so we are their total life support," said Becky Duncan Massey, Sertoma Center executive director.

At the center, the individuals learn basic life skills in a happy, fun-loving environment.

Many of the Sertoma Center's clients have been at the center for a long time and the center will continue to age with them.

Right now, the Sertoma Center doesn't have enough space to serve all of its clients and they also have a long waiting list of individuals who still need help.

You can help us meet that need.

WBIR has teamed up again with the Homebuilders Association of Greater Knoxville and the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors to help the Sertoma Center build a new duplex that will house six additional residents.

Work is underway and will continues over the next few months. We hope to have it finished by the week of October 21.

We'll document the work each step of the way and keep you updated on the progress.

We need volunteers of all skill levels, donations of equipment, materials and supplies and monetary donations to buy what is needed.

You can find a specific list of those needs and information on how to get involved on a special Labor of Love page





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