Magic City turns 50
The Non-profit is celebrating helping the Disabilities Community.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Magic City has been around for 50 years. The organization has a grassroots beginning, founded in 1971 by families who were given a grant by the Cheyenne Kiwanis Foundation to provide employment support for persons with disabilities.
Options for people with disabilities during the 1970s were limited. They could either live at home with their parents their whole lives or live in a state-run institution in Lander that housed 400-500 others.
Out of the need for more options, community-based programs started popping up.
Led by family members of disabled persons; they wanted their family members to receive quality care closer to home.
Fast-forward 50 years and the company looks very different. Today they serve 125 people with disabilities, with a staff of 130 people.
They support clients with 24hour services, 7 days a week—people with significant medical conditions, to people who need a little support.
Their directive is to support people with disabilities move forward.
“Our mission is to support people with disabilities to live successfully. So, when you extrapolate a little more, I think what I think success, any of us might want, is to live a typical life of quality.
Their clients work in federal contracts downtown, F.E. Warren Air Force Base commissary, Wyoming Department of Transportation, license plate division, and local businesses.
“People with disabilities have the same hopes dream joys sorrows those kinds of things as you and i, and really we’re more alike than different. so, I would want people to know that people need support, and organizations like magic city are there to provide that support in all areas of people’s lives.”
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