On April 28th, the Washington State Legislature voted to approve the budget for fiscal year 2020. Included in the budget is $2 million in funding for Encompass Snoqualmie, a new state-of-the-art pediatric therapy center.
According to Encompass, the money allocated by the state will go a long way toward the $8.3 million budget for the project.
Encompass currently operates out of two locations in North Bend—an Early Learning Center and a Pediatric Therapy Clinic—and a preschool classroom in Carnation on the Carnation Elementary School campus. With the new planned facility in Snoqualmie, Encompass will be able to increase the number of children served by 30%, create space for 36 additional children to attend half-day preschool, double the capacity of Behavioral Health programs like Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and offer exciting new therapeutic programs.
Encompass purchased property on the corner of 384th Ave. SE and SE Kimball Creek Dr. in Snoqualmie in December 2017 as the future home of Encompass Snoqualmie.
In April 2018, they took the first step toward building the new facility by tearing down the defunct Old Honey Farm Country Inn structure, which had been irreparably damaged by fire in 2005. Since then, they have been working on securing major donations to the project through the quiet phase of a capital campaign.
“The money from the State of Washington will be absolutely instrumental to reaching our fundraising goals for Encompass Snoqualmie,” said Encompass Executive Director, Nela Cumming. “We are so thankful to Representatives Lisa Callan, Mark Mullet, and Bill Ramos for championing our vision to the Washington legislature. This funding gets us much closer to making Encompass Snoqualmie a reality.”
Encompass will be launching the public phase of their capital campaign later this summer and will be asking for community support at that time.