Metropolitan Multi-Service Center room dedicated in Jay Stitely's honor
On Sept. 30, the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD) teamed up to present festivities celebrating the grand re-opening of the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center (MMSC) and the kickoff of 2016 Disability Awareness Month.
Mayor Sylvester Turner, joined by city officials and a community audience, led a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the completion of improvements to the center and the repair of damage caused by a water main break in 2015.
HPARD dedicated the MMSC green room in honor of the late Jay Stiteley, former manager of DON’s Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD). The MMSC serves as the headquarters for HPARD’s Adaptive Recreation Section and is home to MOPD.
White Cane Safety Day
DON's Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities hosted White Cane Safety Day at City Hall on Oct. 14, sponsored in partnership with local agencies and with support from the Mayor's Office of Special Events and the Houston Public Library.
The event opened with the "White Cane Safety Day March" from Walker Street at Main Street to Hermann Square Park and the steps of City Hall. A formal program followed featuring mayoral and presidential proclamations, speakers and the presentation of the 2016 DARS Business of the Year Awards. The celebration ended with entertainment and a resource fair. Observed nationally, White Cane Safety Day raises public awareness of the rights, accessibility concerns and achievements of the blind and visually impaired.