BRADENTON, FL. - It takes a lot to keep up with the growing needs of the community when it comes to mental health and addiction services.
With Manatee Glens being the only facility servicing children in the county, officials there say fundraising is more important than ever, and they need your help.
On Thursday, they hosted the “Champions for Children Breakfast” in Bradenton. Not only did it highlight the successes, but it also brought to light a very real need for support from the community.
Year after year, Manatee Glens is threatened with cuts in state funding, and while this year the state came through, officials say next year that may not be the case.
Currently, Manatee Glens serves 1 out of 30 families in our community, including over 4,000 children, and it's events like this that help Manatee Glens keep up with the need, and not turn anyone away.
“It's absolutely essential, for $100,000 we can serve a 1,000 children, so a little bit of money goes a long way, and maybe we don't have a $100,000 as individuals, but together we could, so we're trying to expand our services to another 1,000 children,” says Manatee Glens CEO Mary Ruiz.
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