Special needs daycare closes unexpectedly

A picture of Haven of Hope in Little Chute. The daycare closed in August 2014. (WLUK)

LITTLE CHUTE - A day care center for people with special needs closed, without warning Thursday.

Haven of Hope in Little Chute told caregivers the doors would shut permanently Thursday evening.

The center offered care for children and adults with varying special needs.

The center was paid for mostly by donations.

Haven of Hope released a statement. It said in part, "We are deeply apologetic to inform our families, donors and employees of this decision. All of us have been working hard toward a different outcome, but in the end weren't able to come to another solution."

The center didn't say how many people it served.

But we talked to one family that says this is a shock.

"It's gonna be very difficult, because school starts Tuesday, to figure something out for a plan b, you know? The time frame could not really have been worse. If we had a little time maybe to come up with a plan...and like I said, we're struggling, trying to figure out something, but I know others are too," said Kevin Flottmeyer whose son has autism.

Center workers say they are trying to find alternatives for families. They also recommend those affected call 211 for a list of other resources.