WILKES-BARRE — An organization that helps people with disabilities announced Wednesday it plans to close its facilities in Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, and Tunkhannock.
According to executives of United Rehabilitation Services (URS), cuts in funding have made it impossible to continue services to its 250 clients.
A handful of clients stood outside the URS building in Wilkes-Barre just hours after getting the news that URS would soon shut down. It came as a shock to Sandy Dobrowolski of Sweet Valley, who was there picking up her daughter.
“I’m broken-hearted. I’m broken-hearted because I don’t know, I don’t know what they’re going to do with the clients,” said Dobrowolski.
The head of URS told Newswatch 16 the organization has a budget shortfall of about $1million and had no choice but to close its three locations in Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, and Tunkhannock.