Broken Van Sidelines Pocono Non-Profit

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STROUD TOWNSHIP -- A broken van has sidelined activities for a non-profit that helps adults with disabilities. Now there are costly repairs needed to keep Special Recreation Services rolling.

Debbie Smith has a passion for helping adults such as Bobby Owens who struggle with an intellectual disability. A few years ago, she started the non-profit Special Recreation Services in Monroe County.

But just last week, the van that Debbie uses to get these adults to and from activities, broke down on Route 33.

“It just broke down. I was on the side of the road and had to get towed back, and it's just a part that broke in between the transmission and the differential,” said Smith.

The repairs cost about $1,500, basically emptying the non-profit’s bank account. Three activities have been canceled so far – the most recent one on Bobby’s birthday.

"We were supposed to go swimming; that was canceled. After we were going to Dairy Queen for lunch,” said Bobby Owens of Stroudsburg.

The non-profit usually takes these clients out three times a week doing all kinds of activities.

"We do lots of things. We go out to movies and lunch, sometimes we go out for dinner, go swimming and horseback riding,” said Owens.

This non-profit says their van should be back up and running this week, but they still need donations, because the next time the van breaks down, it could put them out of operation.

"The bulk of the clients that attend activities do rely on me for the transportation, so I don't know what would happen if it broke down again,” said Smith.

Special Recreation Services is asking for help so it can continue helping adults like Bobby in the Poconos.

"We need donations, please, we need lots of donations for everybody,” said Owen.

You can donate by emailing specialrecreationservices@gmail.com, calling 610-751 -7692.

Or you can mail a check to:

Special Recreation Services
P.O. Box 1031
Stroudsburg, PA 18360