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Support Lakeland Village

Lakeland Village was created for “The Happiness of Children,” according to the front door plaque. I get frustrated when I hear, “Close Lakeland Village.” The clients, through no choice of their own, have severe mental and physical deficiencies and need daily assistance.

To those who oppose Lakeland’s survival, I ask, “Have you ever been there and observed those who live there?” There are control, behavioral and learning issues that normal people do not know how to cope with 24/7. They wear you down pretty fast. Clients do not fit into your everyday living situations.

The staff are trained professionals, and by working with each individual every day, they are able to pick up on client needs and take care of them. I know what I am talking about because I had a sister there for 50 years and saw many things through my 68-year-old eyes. I knew many of the clients and staff. My sister was cared for, loved and supported for who she was: a person.

We should support Lakeland. If there are issues to be addressed, fix them according to state guidelines and move on. This is not a perfect world.

Linda Ellis


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