The Resource Exchange, a Colorado Springs-based nonprofit specializing in family advocacy, announced Tuesday that it has received a $50,000 grant to develop a research center at its Developmental Disabilities Health Center.

The grant from the Special Hope Foundation, a California-based health care nonprofit, will help further the research and work of the DDHC, which The Resource Exchange founded in 2011 in partnership with Peak Vista Community Health Centers, Aspen Pointe and other area nonprofits.

“The idea of a Research Center in a community based organization is unique,” said David Ervin, executive director. “Typically, research is the domain of academia, so we are all the more honored by Special Hope Foundation’s trust in us and willingness to partner with TRE in this innovation.”

The Developmental Disabilities Health Center, located at 3207 N. Academy Boulevard, Ste. 3300, was developed to respond  to “the rates of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who experience poorer health and more difficulty finding, getting to and paying for appropriate health care,” the organization said in a news release announcing the grant.

The Resource Exchange is also partnered with four academic/research institutions that use the Developmental Disabilities Health Center for data and intervention. TRE also maintains a research board that manages the operations of the center’s operations.

TRE was incorporated in 1964 and has since grown to 190-employee organization serving more than 4,000 children and adults in El Paso, Teller and Park counties, according to its website. The organization’s operating budget is currently $14.5 million.

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