MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) – City and county economic development leaders attended a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the Growing Tree. It’s a new business that, according to management, will help children with autism reach their greatest potential.
The location at 6301 Hwy 39 North was once a day care center. Now it will provide treatment for children in need. Business Executive Director Simcha Bendet said The Growing Tree offers free services such as speech therapy, psychology and occupational therapy, making the building a one-stop shop.
“One of the biggest missions was to expand services in Mississippi to poor people. Meridian was an area where families were really underserved. Families had to travel an hour and a half to go to Hattiesburg, Tupelo or Jackson to get services. Now , there will be a home for them here,” Bendet said.
The Growing Tree offers functional assessment, applied behavior analysis, social skills groups, parent training and care coordination. It is expected that this enterprise will be commissioned at the end of November.
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