When their daughter Jasmine Nyree was born with severe autism, Joey and Christy Porter struggled to find resources to help them care for her. So, the former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker and his wife took it upon themselves and tackled the situation head-on.
In 2003, they opened the Jasmine Nyree Day Center in Bakersfield, Calif., for children ages 5 to 12 years old with special needs. Five years later, the couple debuted a larger educational complex that serves children with special needs up to age 21.
Jasmine Nyree turns 22 on June 14. To celebrate, the Porters, who live in Wexford with their four children, are transforming the 180,000-square-foot Holy Innocents Parish in Sheraden into a multi-service facility and community center. It will employ between 200 to 300 people. An on-site job fair is scheduled for July 17.
Read the complete story and details of the opening in NEXTpittsburgh.