Daystar for Medically Fragile Children has reached the $1 million mark of a $2.2 million campaign to build a new facility, the non-profit organization’s officials announced at a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday.
At an event in Brighton, Daystar officials began the process of building an 11,000-square-foot home. The project, which has received support from M&T Bank and is designed by HBT Architects, will accommodate up to 45 medically fragile infants, toddlers and preschoolers, which is four times the amount of clients that Daystar can serve in its current location in Pittsford.
Steve McCluski, Daystar board member and honorary co-chair of “Where Love Shines, Campaign for Daystar,” said the campaign will allow the organization increase the age limit of the clients it serves, taking in children up to age 5.
The expansion in services is a natural extension of the current program as Daystar continues to fill the “gap” for children in need of medical child care between birth and traditional school-age programs, Daystar officials said.
“We’ve reached a milestone to expand our support and services in a brand new fully-accessible house and it all comes during a milestone year,” said Michael Buckley, president of the board at Daystar.
The project is expected to be completed in January 2013, officials said.
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