BETA Center to remain open in deal with UCP of Central Florida

Last Updated: Friday, April 08, 2016, 4:01 PM EDT

A center to help teen mothers and other high-risk families in Orlando will stay open after all, with the help of another Central Florida agency.

BETA Center, the four decade-old organization that helps some of Orlando’s most vulnerable people, announced a week ago that it would have to close its doors after funding problems.

United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida reached out to BETA Center’s leaders, and the two agencies will now merge and blend its services.

UCP of Central Florida was founded in 1995, and despite the name the organization helps kids with and without disabilities throughout the area. The group runs seven public charter schools and offers other services as well.

Some of BETA Center’s programs will now be merged and operated by UCP, but BETA’s core mission of helping young mothers will stay intact.