Yadira Galván still is dealing with the aftermath of an April 1 car accident that injured her and her three children.
But that isn't going to keep The Family Resource Center, also called El Centro Familiar de Recursos, closed any longer.
Galván, the charity's director, is reopening it Monday, and holding an open house from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at its new Kennewick location to reintroduce the service to the community.
The center helps families who have children with special needs. Services include support groups and aid for finding resources within the community for children.
The center closed unexpectedly in April after Galván and her family were in a car accident in Kennewick. Galvn still is undergoing therapy for her injuries to her right arm and left leg.
Galván runs the center with two staff from Goodwill Industries of the Columbia and volunteers. She is hoping to find more bilingual volunteers.
Galván started the center in May 2009 after struggling to find services for her three children, Diayanesis, 10, Damian, 8, and Joshua, 6, who all have autism. Her difficulty made her realize how much harder it is for Spanish-speaking parents to find help.
Galván said the center, which is supported through community donations, helps Spanish and English-speaking families, although its focus is the Hispanic community.
Before the car accident, about 103 families received services, she said. About 60 percent of those families had at least one child diagnosed with autism.
The new center includes a computer lab, lending library of games, books and toys for families.
The center's first event will be Trunk or Treat from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 in the center's parking lot on the corner of Washington Street and First Avenue.
The center has applied for nonprofit status with the state and will be applying for the 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service.
The center, at 1 E. First Ave. in Kennewick, can be reached at 586-8296. It will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting Monday.