WILKES-BARRE — A 10-person committee of Leadership Wilkes-Barre will hold a poker tournament to raises funds to spruce up the cafeteria at United Rehabilitation Services.
Lori Holdredge, spokeswoman for the committee, said the event will be held Tuesday at Mohegan Sun Casino at Pocono Downs. She said that about 50 people have pre-registered, but they have room for 150.
“Through this project, our committee — Team Café Possible — hopes to provide the clients at URS with an inviting space that matches their everyday enthusiasm,” Holdredge said. “Depending on how much we raise, we hope to complete their wish list.”
Holdredge said they hope to raise enough money to paint the lunch room at URS, replace the flooring, buy new tables and chairs and replace the television.
URS, located 287 N. Pennsylvania Ave. in Wilkes Barre, helps clients with disabilities achieve vocational employment.
“The TV doesn’t work all the time,” Holdredge said. “We want to make this room a nice place for the clients at URS to enjoy their breaks.”
Cathy Goodwin, vocational training coordinator at URS, said the agency is thrilled to have been selected by the Leadership Wilkes-Barre project committee.
“It’s a great project and really needed,” Goodwin said. “Our clients spend time in there every day and wetry to keep it bright, but sometimes that’s difficult with declining funding. But we try to provide the best quality service we can.”
But having a nice place for the 120-plus URS clients to eat their lunch and enjoy their breaks is a key for the agency and its workers.
“They are here to work,” Goodwin said. “But this needs to be a nice, bright spot where they can relax and enjoy their breaks.”
Holdredge said depending on the amount raised, other improvements may be made at URS.
“They have given us a wish list,” she said. “It includes painting the walls in the work shop, painting the bathrooms, installing a new door at the side entrance and a new vacuum cleaner. We also would like to be able to provide a client picnic for the clients.”
The URS project is one of five being undertaken by the 2014 Leadership Wilkes-Barre class.
There are about 40 participants in the class.
Members of Team Cafe Possible are: Holdredge, Catherine Hughes, Sherry Castrine, Diane Lamson, King Adjei-Frimponz, Kevin Dillon, Sunil Mukul, Renee Rice, Emily Phillips and Shawn Dilmore.
“We hope this is all doable,” Holdredge said.