May 4, 2010 7:05 PM by Andy Koen

One click can help independent living in Colorado Springs

A local non-profit agency that helps adults with developmental disabilities to live independently is in the running to be awarded a $50,000 grant this month from Pepsi.

Cheyenne Village is one of 1,344 non-profit agencies across the country competing to win a share of the $1.3 million Good Idea Grant that is being awarded by the soft drink manufacturer.

Jeannie Porter, the senior manager of fund development says many families face financial hardship when teens with developmental disabilities graduate from high school and lose the support structure that existed during their school years.

"They get out of high school and it's just boom there is nothing for these people to do," Porter said.

Cheyenne Village helps to recreate that support network within the community. Some clients only need transportation to work or the doctor's office.  Other times they receive more round the clock care.

If Cheyenne Village wins the grant, Porter says they will earmark the money to help those clients who are living at home, but still need help in their everyday life.

Click here to visit the website.  Voting runs through May 31 and users can only vote once a day.


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