Employee's Union Rallies to Save Fircrest
Saturday May 20, Members of the WFSCME (Washington State Federation of State Employees, Council 28) gathered in force at the main entrance to Fircrest School in Shoreline. They were joined by members of the SEIU service workers union and several parents, families, and members of Friends of Fircrest and Action DD. There were others as well.
It was a beautiful day for the occasion. The intersection of !5th Avenue and 155th Street was packed with sign wavers, chanters and well wishers. Car horns and bull horns sounded almost nonstop for over two hours.
The message was, "Save Fircrest." Certain legislators are attempting to close Fircrest through legislation. There maneuvers have left the the legislature divided on the future of Fircrest, home to over 200 people who are among our state's most afflicted with developmental disabilities.
Senator Maralyn Chase gave a hopeful address to the crowd in favor of Fircrest for those in need of the closest care. Representative Cindy Ryu also spoke in support, and the City of Shoreline mayor, Chris Roberts, told everyone that his city wants to keep Fircrest.
Fircrest School is a residential center located on 85 acres of wooded and open spaces, within the city of Shoreline, Washington.
Fircrest School is a full service, therapeutic community serving a diverse population of about 220 residents with developmental intellectual disabilities. Campus based, it features shared homes within a skilled nursing facility and an intermediate care facility. Centralized medical, therapeutic and recreational services are provided in both programs for long-term residents as well as for people who need short-term, respite care or crisis intervention. Each resident's care is individualized as determined by an interdisciplinary team which includes the person's guardian or parent.
The Fircrest nursing home program (NF/IDD) is the only federally certified skilled nursing facility in Western Washington licensed for the long term care of people with developmental, intellectual disabilities. It provides individualized health care and activities for people with unique medical challenges. Repeatedly, the program has been named one of the nation’s top nursing homes by the Consumer’s Research Council of America.
The Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/ID) provides individualized habilitative services that support and enhance each person's skills and strengths. This includes individualized adult training work programs and recreation, both on and off campus. Fircrest School is close to major medical and educational facilities that support the individuals who live at Fircrest School. Its location allows residents the opportunity to participate in many of the sporting, cultural and outdoor events held in the Seattle area.
Why is it important to have Fircrest as part of a continuum of care?
“We are very happy with and grateful for Fircrest. It was a lifesaver and a wonderful place for our daughter. For the first time in her life she can say she has friends. She has wonderful activities that would have been impossible for us to provide on our own or for her to access through living in a group home.
And last but not least, due to her complex and sometimes impulsive and dangerous behavior, with her living at Fircrest we can now sleep at night knowing that she is safe.”
...Parent of Fircrest resident.
Admission to Fircrest School is coordinated through DDA Region 2 Field Services staff. More admission information here.
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