Nonprofit to reopen, thanks to $15K loan |

Nonprofit to reopen, thanks to $15K loan

The Neighborhood Center of the Arts plans to reopen today, less than a week after the state’s budget impasse forced the Grass Valley nonprofit organization to temporarily close its doors.

The owners of a real estate company will guarantee a $15,000 loan if no other funds become available during the next two weeks, Ellen Persa, executive director of the nonprofit organization, said Sunday.

The $15,000 loan guarantee – by Mike and Nina Snegg and partners Rick and Debbie Dejesus of Coldwell Banker Grass Roots Realty – is enough to keep the center open for two weeks, said Persa, who continues to seek other sources of funding as the stalemate in Sacramento continues.

She expects to ask for a loan from the county Board of Supervisors on Sept. 3.

The center, based at the Litton Building, was forced to close down Wednesday after Alta Regional of California, a nonprofit based out of Sacramento, announced it had run out of money and could no longer pay the center.

The state pays Alta Regional to provide services to the developmentally disabled in 10 Northern California counties, including Nevada County.

The state Legislature has failed to pass the state budget due July 1, preventing hundreds of nonprofits from receiving state funding.

The Grass Valley nonprofit organization’s 15 instructors teach art, computer and living skills to 59 adult clients referred by different organizations. The entire staff was laid off last Wednesday.

Mike Snegg is a member of the board of directors of Pride Industries, a nonprofit organization that helps the developmentally disabled in the community. Snegg said he decided to help after a visit to the center this weekend.

“I know their needs,” said Snegg, adding that he has many friends who are developmentally disabled.

“They don’t have any hang-ups,” he said of his friends. “They’re just real (people).”

The Neighborhood Center of the Arts opened in 1984 and runs on $580,000 a year, including $545,200 in state monies from Alta Regional.

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