DSI launching drive to help clients facing sudden emergencies

A local organization dedicated to helping residents with physical, mental and emotional disabilities is launching a citywide fundraising effort to help clients through times of financial difficulty.

Developmental Services Inc., 2920 10th St., Columbus, is having a fund drive to help replenish its nearly depleted Client Emergency Fund.

The reserve fund aids DSI clients when they encounter unexpected expenses that do not fit into their budgets as a result of crisis situations, said Amy Kleinert, DSI chief development officer.

The fund has been depleted to $400, so the nonprofit organization is holding the fundraiser in the hopes of garnering a minimum of $5,000 to hold in reserves for clients who will face unforeseen difficulties in the future, Kleinert said.

“We want to continually focus on replenishing it so that we can support the needs of our clients,” she said.

So far, DSI has been advertising the fundraiser on Facebook and through internal communications, the chief development officer said. Several employees have chosen to take payroll deductions to contribute to the cause, which has resulted in $1,000 already being raised for the emergency fund in the past month, she said.

“Their efforts have been tremendous,” Kleinert said.

The nonprofit also is going to be sending information about donations to the fund drive to local residents through the mail.

The effort to restore the Client Emergency Fund will likely continue through the end of the year, Kleinert said.

How to help

To donate to the Client Emergency Fund donation drive:

  • Visit dsiservices.org/payments
  • Send a check through the mail to DSI Services, in care of Amy Kleinert, at 2920 10th St., Columbus
  • Deliver a check in-person
  • Call in a credit card donation to 812-376-9404
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Olivia Covington is a reporter for The Republic. She can be reached at ocovington@therepublic.com or 812-379-5712.