From left: Michelle Mudd, executive board member and public relations officer for the St. Nicholas Center for Children, Lake Charles businessman William Doré Sr., Christy Papania-Jones, St. Nicholas Center founder and executive director, and Chris Jones, executive board member for the St. Nicholas Center. (Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 10:09 AM
Businessman William Dore Sr. recently donated $500,000 to the St. Nicholas Center for Children in Lake Charles — money that will go directly toward work on a new building.
The St. Nicholas Center, which provides services to children with autism, will name the new building — at 2519 Ryan St. — the Dore Center for Autism in his honor.
“I was absolutely delighted because I knew what this would mean for children and families in Southwest Louisiana,” said Michelle Mudd, executive board member.
Dore’s donation was part of St. Nicholas’ capital campaign, called Open the Door to Hope, which will allow the nonprofit to expand its services.
“We are so excited. This is a great way to kick off our capital campaign,” said Stephanie Shaddock, assistant director. “Now there is more space for the kids.”
There have been children on the waiting list at St. Nicholas, Mudd said. And with the acquisition of the new building, St. Nicholas will be able to accommodate more children and families.
“At this new facility we will be able to increase the amount of therapists we have, which means we can increase the amount of children we can accommodate, and we’ll have more space to do so,” Mudd said.
“We are so thrilled and (Dore) certainly has a heart for children. He understands that this is a need. This is not just a luxury. These children need these services in order to survive and thrive and reach their full potential.”
St. Nicholas aims to be the state model for a pediatric medical facility that provides comprehensive therapy for children with autism, Mudd said.
The center will be at its current location, 314 Broad St., until September.