Disability agency closed in March

first_imgA nonprofit agency that served people with disabilities since 2002 and was in line to help populate a special housing complex has shut its doors.DisAbility Resources of Southwest Washington went dark at the end of March, according to board president Tim Gensler, because money was tight and participation weak. A newcomer to the agency this year, he said he tried but could never populate its board of directors with sufficient members even to comply with its own bylaws. “We’d try to have a board of directors meeting and we’d have one or two people show up if we were lucky,” he said. “I never got a good response.”Eventually he decided it was better to shut down than gradually disintegrate and perhaps wind up in bankruptcy.“I thought it was better to close down and still be able to pay our bills,” he said. “Without having our entire board, we voted with the people we had to shut down.”A letter posted in the window of the empty office at 2700 N.E. Andresen Road, Suite D-5, and also mailed to clients and community partners, said: “The Board of Directors, supported by the staff, made a decision to close DARSW. This decision was made with much thought and consideration in the challenges of operating the organization. It also reflects our confidence in the local existing community agencies to pick up some of the outstanding services that we have provided since 2002.”last_img

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