Saratoga Bridges seeking aid

Funding cuts impact local services for the developmentally disabled

“We know with the price of food and gas going up, it does dramatically impact their ability to provide for their own families. We know that and we’re appreciative,” said Muratori.

As an experiment, the organization is installing a solar-thermal electrical system to power one of its homes and generate hot water more efficiently. If it works well, the systems will be placed in two more homes. They have also installed an oil furnace in one home that uses discarded motor from oil the organization’s vehicles.

“We do our own oil changes to help us save money,” said Muratori.

The organization is now taking what they call “baby steps” in their fund raising efforts.

Juicy Burger in Ballston Spa is holding an event on Dec. 11 to help out the group. From 5 to 9 p.m. 10 percent of the restaurant’s sales before tax will go to the organization.

Muratori said the hope is to raise about $10,000 at events like the one at Juicy Burger because that’s what it takes to provide reimbursement money or respite staff to 50 local families.

Saratoga Bridges is now fearful of additional funding cuts in the coming year.

With a mid-year projected budget shortfall of about $3.5 billion for the state, Muratori explained it’s likely more cuts will come their way.

“I think in this environment we just have to be prepared of the possibility they could ask us for more cuts, but I’m hoping they will think we have done our duty,” she said. “All I can say is I hope the cuts don’t come.”

Muratori asked that the community be aware that it’s not just Saratoga Bridges that is facing cuts, but all not-for-profits in the county.

“We would hate to lose these organizations if they can’t keep their door open in the future,” she said. “We’re fortunate because we’re not in that situation and we mostly have the community to thank for that.”

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