Hempstead Supervisor Gillen Announces Expansion Of Camp Anchor Programs And Services For Disabled Residents

Published On: 2018-07-20 20:12:10

Issued by: Town of Hempstead, Office of Supervisor Laura Gillen

Lido Beach, NY (July 20, 2018) – Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen was joined by Nassau County Police PBA President James McDermott, Camp ANCHOR Director Mary Ann Hanson and parents from the Camp ANCHOR program committee, to announce a plan for the expansion of the Camp’s programs and services.

The Camp ANCHOR Program Fund was recently awarded $124,000 from a private foundation for continuing education, staff training, construction of a new ADA compliant bathroom, and two weeks of equine therapy that will begin later this summer.

$75,000 of that grant money will be allocated towards the construction of the new bathrooms, while the Camp Anchor Parent Committee is committed to raising an additional $75,000 in order to finish it.

Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen’s upcoming 2019 budget will also include funding to expand programming at ANCHOR, through the construction of two new tents, two new buses, and additional staff, in order to accommodate more than 40 new campers.

“As a former volunteer here at Camp ANCHOR, it’s so exciting to announce this important expansion of these critical services,” said Supervisor Laura Gillen. “Upon taking office, it was a priority not only to see the ANCHOR program continue to thrive, but also to make it available to even more families than we currently serve. Expanding this amazing program to as many people as possible should be a priority for all.”

Gillen also declared it “Camp ANCHOR Day” in the Town of Hempstead in recognition of the program’s 50th anniversary.

ANCHOR is a comprehensive year-round program serving 1,200 children and adults with special needs to Town residents five years of age and over. There are over 700 residents with special needs that are waiting for admission.

“We should try to make the ANCHOR experience available to as many people as possible,” said Supervisor Laura Gillen. “Because as anyone who has ever experienced ANCHOR will tell you, it’s a place of love, learning, inspiration and friendship for every single person involved.”