AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – More than 100 people demonstrated Saturday afternoon in Austintown. They wanted to make it known they are not happy about the closing of the Youngstown Developmental Center (YDC).
Civil service workers joined union members from the UAW, Teamsters and other groups to protest the closure of the YDC.
The center is a home for people with disabilities, and it employs more than 100 workers.
Family members of patients at the YDC were also part of the demonstration. They praised the YDC as the right place for their children, siblings and parents.
“I feel it is an excellent facility. The people are very caring. The residents get very good care,” said Joan Krivanek, mother of YDC resident.
“They need this place. It is home to them. These people are family to them. My sister is loved by all of them, and she loves them,” said Rosalie Maczko.
The Youngstown Developmental Center is scheduled to close in July 2017.
Ohio’s Department of Developmental Disabilities says the YDC is not a sustainable use of state resources.
Those in charge at the YDC say they would help staff members find new jobs in the area.