Daily life is filled with challenges for people affected by a learning or development disability. The Copperas Cove Association for Challenged Citizens helps empower people and their families who face mental health issues.

The nonprofit organization hosts a Flapjack Fundraiser breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Applebee’s. Proceeds will support the Copperas Cove Mental Health and Mental Retardation training center.

“There are a lot of services and opportunities that the parents of individuals with mental disabilities don’t know of their existence,” said Barbara Burt, president of the Association for Challenged Citizens. “Our main focus is to help these families find the services their children or family member needs, and provide them all the information that we have on government programs and benefits that are available, as well as private entities that provide assistance to these individuals, specially after they graduate from high school and leave the school system.”

The organization was founded in 2004 when a group of parents of individuals who attended the state-funded training center learned it was facing budget cuts. These parents sprang to action and teamed up to raise funds and donations from the community. Since then, their initiatives and the funds raised have helped offset the cost of the center’s daily activities and ensured the continuation of their services.

“We are parents that care, we understand the needs that challenged individuals and their families have, and we want to raise awareness of how important it is to support this training center in Copperas Cove, and keep offering daily rehabilitation and vocational training to these individuals with mental disabilities,” Burt said.

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