Crossing Abilities joins Pocono Alliance – Building all inclusive Playground for Children in Monroe County

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Stroudsburg, PA – Crossing Abilities, a community-led project to build a playground in Monroe County for children and parents of all abilities, is pleased to announce that it has joined Pocono Alliance. Pocono Alliance is a 501(c)3 charitable organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life in Monroe County by identifying unmet human services needs and working toward solutions.

There are more than 5,000 children in Monroe County with disabilities, and yet the county has no all-inclusive playground in the area. Although some playgrounds say they are all-accessible, the closest playground, that meets the definition of ALL-INCLUSIVE is 40+ miles away.

Last year, starting under the Monroe County Challenger program, Crossing Abilities was awarded a $25,000 grant by the Pocono Mountains Community Fundraiser to fund a planning study for the playground. Since then, the group has been reaching out to form alliances with groups and agencies in the area to plan the playground. Last month, the playground’s site was selected: the new Hamilton-Jackson-Pocono (HJP) Regional Park being developed in the Bartonsville area.

“Pocono Alliance is honored to support the efforts of Crossing Abilities,” said Michael Tukeva, Executive Director of Pocono Alliance. “The organization is excited to grow this project into a reality for all Monroe County children, regardless of ability level.”

“We believe partnering with Pocono Alliance will give Crossing Abilities a springboard to the entire community,” said Neal Gallagher, project manager of Crossing Abilities. “We are in alignment with the Pocono Alliance’s Health Coalition’s missions and values. We know that children are differently-abled. We see that adding a universally-inclusive playground for children of all abilities is a win-win-win proposal.”

Crossing Abilities is actively seeking greater involvement from community members to help with fundraising, grant writing, and planning of the playground. For more information or to get involved, please see our website at www.crossingabilities.org.

About Pocono Alliance, Inc.
Pocono Alliance’s mission is to improve the quality of life in Monroe County by identifying human service needs and working towards solutions. Pocono Alliance has four coalitions; Education, Health, Housing and Transportation; that serve as the table in which representatives from local agencies, education systems, government and service providers in our community identify human service needs, assist with program development and deliver services in Monroe County. Pocono Alliance encourages non-profiting planning and execution of inter-agency collaboration in Monroe County. Individuals in need of any health and human service need should contact PoconoInfo (570-517-3954) or www.poconoinfo.org; a free program of the Pocono Alliance that provides a single point of access to health and human services to empower individuals to make informed choices regarding their needs that may improve their quality of life. For more information on the Help Us Help Others Campaign, please contact Michael Tukeva, Executive Director (570-517-3955). You can also check us out on Facebook under “Pocono Alliance” or by going to www.poconoalliance.org.