The need was apparent. Children with special healthcare challenges had no easy access to the services they needed.
Then a special kind of community synergy answered that need. Children's Village was born out of a unique collaboration of partner agencies and many dedicated and passionate volunteers and donors who paved the way to provide a 'place' for children with special needs and their families.
Four key organizations - Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, EPIC (Enterprise for Progress in the Community), The Memorial Foundation and Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health - came together out of a shared passion and commitment to better healthcare for children.
The community joined in the effort, raising millions of dollars to make the dream a reality. By the end of 1994, all of the major health and child service providers of Yakima Valley had made commitments to be a part of the Village.
Since opening its doors in October 1997, the number of children served each year at Children's Village has tripled to over 4,000 and the need continues to grow. Due to the increasing needs of the community, a capital campaign spearheaded by the Memorial Foundation was embarked on in 2008 with an $8 million dollar expansion project. Construction on the building was finished in 2011.
Fundraising continues to ensure program and treatment services are available for every child who needs them. Although services reach thousands of families in the Valley, there are many more in need.
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