Arts center finds funds to reopen |

Arts center finds funds to reopen

John HartTommy Aplin (left), Helen Powell, instructor Matt Gottchalk, Brockie Ballard and James Hudspeth do art projects at the Neighborhood Center of the Arts Monday.
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Neighborhood Center of the Arts should stay open without disruption at least through the end of September, thanks in part to a $10,000 grant from a private foundation, the executive director for the Grass Valley nonprofit organization said Monday.

The nonprofit that helps the developmentally disabled reopened its office in the Litton business park Monday after the owners of Coldwell Banker Grass Roots Realty volunteered to guarantee a $15,000 loan.

Ellen Persa, NCA’s executive director, received more good news Monday when the California Wellness Foundation of Woodland Hills said it had approved a $10,000 grant. Private individuals donated $3,400 over the weekend, she added.

“We’re in temporary reprieve,” said Persa, who continues to seek a loan to pay the bills. She also intends to ask the county Board of Supervisors for a loan Sept. 3.

The center closed Wednesday after Alta California Regional Center of Sacramento, the nonprofit the state pays to help the developmentally disabled in 10 Northern California counties, announced it was running out of money.

The center serves 59 adults on a $587,000 a year budget, including $545,200 from Alta California.

State providers have not been paid for more than seven weeks because the state Legislature has failed to pass a budget.

Erin Rumsey, 33, was among the clients who returned to the center Monday. Her mother, Maureen Rumsey, said her daughter was happy to be back. “We’re very hopeful,” Maureen Rumsey said.

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