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Youth Program to Receive $1M in Sandy Aid for New Facility


 CRISFIELD, Md.- A youth enrichment program is expecting a $1 million grant in federal Hurricane Sandy relief funding to replace its facility.

It has been a long journey for It Takes a Village to Help Our Children, which operates out of the former H. DeWayne Whittington Primary School, where some rooms are off limits.

 In June, Executive Director Darlene Taylor took WBOC behind a few closed doors to see the effects of Hurricane Sandy, which grew worse overtime.

“ When the hurricane came, every room in the building was damaged, “ Taylor said.  “We ended up being out of the building for more than four months while repairs [were being] done."

Despite months of repairs, roofs kept leaking, which caused mold and mildew to form in parts of the building.

Taylor said the program serves more than 100 students during the summer and up to 70 students during the school year. Crisfield's Headstart Program and It Takes a Village to Help Our Children used to share the building.

Initially, county commissioners awarded a total of $3 million in Sandy aid to fund construction for a new facility that could be shared by both programs.  Now, $2 million will go toward a future home for the Headstart program, which will be connected to Crisfield High School, and $1 million will be allotted to It Takes a Village to Help Our Children, according to Taylor.

" It just feels wonderful, I can't explain what it means to have that vote of confidence from both the city and the county," Taylor said.

 Taylor said she is not sure when construction will take place and does not which company will be responsible for building the new facility,  but hopes to get the process rolling as early as next year.

“ We understand that things do take time, so we do understand that we still have some things to do,” Taylor said. “There's probably a little bit more money that we are going to need to make our dream a reality, but we are confident that we will be able to do what we need to do with what was allotted to us.”


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