first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Among the dozen local organizations that recently split $75,000 in city funds earmarked for pilot community programs – many of them well established – is a fledgling group that enriches the lives of those who are “differently-abled.” Last year, LETMESAIL Inc. snagged $7,500 to equip its new digs; this year its therapeutic art program drew another $7,500. “This group’s founders were instrumental in establishing the Special Olympics in Santa Clarita,” said Adele Macpherson, the city’s superintendent of community services. “This is definitely an unmet need in our community.” The special program dovetails with the city’s offerings. The city’s Community Services Grant Program aids local nonprofit groups whose services benefit local residents. Subsidies pay for operations, maintenance and supplies but may not be spent on ongoing salaries or expenses, or repeat requests for the same project. Twelve projects were selected in 2007 from a field of 26 applicants. Recipients include a community mural project, a youth orchestra mentoring project, risk-prevention classes for junior high school students, a violence-prevention program and theatrical endeavors. [email protected] (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Our programs are complementing programs they offer,” said Maureen Spindt, a LETMESAIL board member. “Their funds helped us expedite the success of our program.” The 2-year-old organization has nothing to do with maritime activities. Some clients have Down syndrome or other intellectual disabilities, hearing or vision impairment, cerebral palsy, or autism or Asperger’s syndrome. The acronym stands for Lifestyle Enrichment Through Meaningful Exercise, Social Activity and Independent Living. The group established its lifestyle-enrichment center in Valencia last year and serves about 140 clients ages 16 and up. The grant furnishes admission to museums and enables clients to ply the visual arts with the aid of a veteran art teacher and enough volunteers to provide a roughly 1-to-1 ratio. Projects have included painting, sculpture and collage; charcoal and pastels will follow. “It’s amazing the inner creativity and the inner talent our clients display in their artwork,” Spindt said. last_img

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