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Wood Lane looks to community for funding help

Kristen Fisher has worked at Wood Lane for five years. Kristen Fisher has worked at Wood Lane for five years.
BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Wood Lane Industries and School in Bowling Green provide the largest and most comprehensive care for people with developmental disabilities in Wood County. Now they need the help of voters.

Wood Lane provides services to more than 1,000 people each year – from infants all the way to adults. They teach them a variety of skills to help them get and keep a job.

"We provide support for employment, for living in the community," said Superintendent Melanie Stretchbery.

Board members passed a resolution for a 3.5 mill operating levy to go on the November ballot. The levy would generate $9.5 million, and it's the first time they've requested a levy in 13 years.

"Given the number of people we serve and the 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week services we provide, it does cost money, and there are no other sources of revenue," Stretchbery said.

Wood Lane figures the levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $107 per year. All the money generated would allow Wood Lane to continue to provide stability and independence for people like Kristen Fisher.

Fisher has worked as a receptionist for Wood Lane Schools for five years. She says the skills she's learned have helped her to become more independent.

"I'm going to move out on my own soon," she said. "I'm glad I'm doing that…have my own journey from there."

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