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Respite House Still Not Accessible Or Safe For Children
January 13, 2004

TAMUNING, GUAM--The Rays of Hope Home, a respite and day care home for children with disabilities, is supposed to be noisy with the sounds of children.

But the house, which was purchased over a year ago for half a million dollars, is still empty.

According to a brief report by KUAM-TV, the two-story house is not accessible to children who use wheelchairs.

Guam Legal Services director Attorney Daniel Sommerfleck said that there are also safety concerns that have not been addressed, including an open balcony and marble floors in the bathrooms which are slippery when wet.

"The delays in the opening and the difficulties in getting that program up and running I think are indicative of the failures we're seeing to provide service to children here on our island," said Sommerfleck.

Related article:
"Hope for whom? Home for disabled children remains unoccupied" (KUAM-TV News)


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