GiGi’s Playhouse seeks community support in response to a crushing fire that destroyed North Dakota’s only Down Syndrome Achievement Center.
On Tuesday, May 11, a fire tore through a South Fargo strip mall. Among the affected organizations was GiGi’s Playhouse, North Dakota’s only Down Syndrome Achievement Center. No individuals were harmed, but the building is a total loss. All services have been put on hold.
The Playhouse expanded its building in September 2019 to suit the growing need of its services. Shortly after, programs were moved to a virtual format in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Before the fire, plans were in place to return to in-person learning by this summer. Now they are left with the task of rebuilding what has become a second home to many.
GiGi’s Playhouse promotes an inclusive environment for people with Down syndrome of all ages and their families. Their programs help in the development of motor movements, literacy, math, and basic life skills. Free assistance can begin at the earliest possible diagnosis around the 20th week of pregnancy and can continue through adulthood.
The primary need of GiGi’s Playhouse is financial support to move forward. The estimated cost to rebuild and return to normal operations is $3.5 million.
Checks can be brought to Dakota Medical Foundation or any VISIONBank Fargo location. Online donations can be made at GiGisPlayhouse.org/Fargo.
GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers
3224 20th St South Fargo ND 58104