QUINCY -- Thanks to the generosity of individuals and churches throughout the IGRC, the United Methodist Foundation, The Fellheimer Trust, and a host of Quincy area individuals and foundations, Chaddock will soon begin renovating their on campus, in-ground swimming pool.
The 50+-year-old pool is a key piece of the emotional health and physical activity Chaddock provides to the children living on their campus, and is also a part of Chaddock’s school curriculum. For decades the pool has also served as a source of enjoyment for youth groups, Scout groups, and others from throughout the Conference, and has been a resource for the local American Red Cross and the YMCA.
“The impact of Chaddock’s pool on our children cannot be overstated. Besides the natural calming effect the water has, our children have learned lessons about teamwork, trust, and positive self-image that continue long after they leave our care”, said Debbie Reed, Chaddock President and CEO.
Through the years, small problems with the pool escalated into major problems, and the pool had to be drained. A fundraising campaign was initiated last fall to cover the roughly $200,000 cost, and the money necessary to begin repairs and rejuvenate the pool was collected. Work will begin in early spring. Jeff VanCamp, Executive Director of the Chaddock Children’s Foundation, added,
“Chaddock’s pool has been providing recreation and therapy to Chaddock children for decades; it is gratifying and inspiring to see the United Methodist Foundation, the Fellheimer Trust, and so many other long-time supporters come together to help us keep this valuable asset”
In addition to the general health benefits of swimming and water play, the sensory-motor issues many Chaddock children experience are alleviated in the pool as they become more comfortable and mindful of their environment. Team building, interpersonal relationships, and the value of healthy competition are also developed. Over the years, countless children have learned to become comfortable with themselves and others, to regulate their behavior, and to learn to trust adults and peers.