(WMC-TV) - Tipton County is in need of a new home for the developmentally disabled. County leaders were hoping the state of Tennessee would help.
"If you get a lot of people making small contributions, all of the sudden you've got a new building," said Commissioner Jim Henry.
Henry is the State Commissioner of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and he says state money just is not there.
He says it is going to be up to the community to raise the money.
"This is a ministry. People do not do this for the money. They get into this because they're trying to help their fellow man. You can see the commitment on their faces and see it as you walk through here," said Henry.
Local leaders estimate it will cost a little more than $400,000 to build a new facility.
The current location outside of Covington was once an old school.
County leaders are looking at donating the land for a new center.
"We need people to know who we are and what we do for the community and what we put back into the community," said the center's executive director, Martha Drumwright.
What they do is a miracle.
In addition to teaching special residents basic life skills, teachers also prepare them for the workforce and other ways to give back to the community.
"I call it consciousness raising because the programs are critical and easy for the community to overlook," said Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris.
Teachers say they hope Tipton County residents will make a conscious effort to recognize the difference the center makes to have a better chance at more state and federal dollars to expand their program.