New Structure to Benefit Individual’s With Developmental Disabilities; Creates Ten New Jobs

BREWER — Downeast Horizons, a nonprofit social service agency that serves adults and children with developmental disabilities, has greenlighted a new 5,248-square-foot day-programs facility on Dirigo Drive in Brewer. The building designed by CES Inc. of Brewer is to be erected by Nichols Construction of Bangor, starting this week, is expected to be ready by July 2016. The facility is being built on seven acres of land that Downeast Horizons purchased last year.

Downeast Horizons serves adults and children throughout Piscataquis, Hancock, Penobscot and Waldo counties. The agency, headquartered in Ellsworth, received USDA Rural Development funds for the building project — a Community Facility Direct Loan in the amount of $1,000,0000. The total cost of the project will be $1,400,000 with the difference being self-funded.

“Because of the unique needs of our program participants, we strongly believe that building a new facility is the best option for meeting both our present and anticipated needs,” said Anthony Zambrano, executive director of Downeast Horizons. Zambrano expects the building to supply ample space for the agency’s Children’s and Adult Services programs. “Based upon current trends, we conservatively anticipate a 15 percent growth of both these programs in 2016 and 2017, along with an increase of ten employees,” Zambrano added.

The facility will have four program rooms and nine offices. According to current plans, three of the rooms will be used primarily by the adult program participants, while the fourth is dedicated to Downeast Horizons’ expanding Children’s Program.

Since 1974 Downeast Horizons (www.dehi.org) has been devoted to the establishment of community-based services for local people with developmental disabilities and their families. Downeast Horizons is a non-profit organization helping to serve these needs in Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis and Waldo Counties, including programs in Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, Deer Isle, Bangor and Brewer.
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