• Community Childcare, a Rutland County organization, closes
    By Anders Ax
    CORRESPONDENT | November 15,2012
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    After 65 years of providing children and infants with health care and other needs, Community Childcare, Inc., of Rutland County has closed its doors.

    “I sent in the forms of the dissolution, it's a done deal,” Elaine Latzky said in a phone interview.

    Latzky, who is the organization's president, had worked for the organization since 1992.

    “It was an amazing thing,” she said.

    The program originated in 1947 when Anna Frank, member of the Rutland Jewish Sisterhood, organized a tag sale and raised $446 for a health care program that would benefit needy families. Over time, nine religious groups, including Catholic, Jewish and Protestant, became involved to help local families that would benefit long before Medicaid and Dr. Dynasaur.

    Services that were provided included public health nurses immunizing children, giving them vitamins without charge and providing medicine to families when they could not afford them. Pediatricians also gave free medical examinations for healthy children from birth to 5 years. Clothing for needy children, as well as donations from locals to aid in purchasing medical supplies were other services.

    In 1949 the program became the Community Child Care Well Baby Clinic. The next year, the assets of the program were given over to a newly formed nonprofit corporation.

    Five decades later, the clinic would go out of business due to federal and state programs providing health care to low-income families. The organization continued through the School Child Program with Margaret Randall continuing to aid families requesting needs. Randall, who had been president of the program at one time and a part of the group since the late '60s recently died. At the time she had been treasurer of the program and continued to aid families in need.

    With funds remaining in the treasury, Latzky decided to donate to six local organizations in hopes that it would prove beneficial to those in need.

    “It felt so good to write those checks to these groups.” Latzky said that it felt right “to have it done this way.”

    Latzky did not want to disclose the institutions that received aid saying she didn't want to make it seem as though certain programs were favored over others.

    Latzky was also left with piles of paperwork in her garage and an old filing cabinet loaded with files on clients. Files of people that she remembers from years ago.

    “I recognize some of the adults who came in as children.”

    There was stationary left over with the logo Latzky had designed, postcards that had been sent out as reminders to families to not forget their checkups, the records and minutes from all the meetings over the years, even the tiny smocks that children wore during their checkups.

    The more impressive awards, certificates and an abundance of archival information was donated by Latzky to the Rutland Historical Society.

    Of the 15 women that had been involved with the program when she was, Latzky said, most of them had passed away.

    In press release sent out Nov. 2, Latzky wrote, “The warmth that came through with so many volunteers made our clients feel comfortable and unafraid. We would like to thank all the people who have been involved over these many years for their time, their energy, and their love.”

    With the closing of an institution so rooted in helping those in need, Latzky felt saddened with its closure, yet happy that its donations will lasting effects to benefit the community.

    “It's bittersweet.”
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