On behalf of the Boar, staff and volunteers of CASA, we would like to thank the Dry Creek Sertoma Club for the thoughtful donation.Through your support, we are able to provide abused and neglected children with an advocate by their side every step of the way advocating for their best interest. These funds will be used to recruit, train, and place advocates who will advocate for abused and neglected children in Colorado's 18th judicial district. These funds benefit the 300+ active CASA volunteers and, even more so, the hundreds of kids in our area who ned the support and services of CASA volunteers.
In the words of IFCS to the Dry Creek club, "In 2016, we created 200 Mother's Day Baskets and heard back from many ladies that they were emotionally affected by the outpouring of love and compassion that they received as part of this program. There was a touch point for these ladies that they had the support of the community and that there were people that wanted to recognize them for their hard work and sacrifice during the struggles to gain financial stability. Also, through this program, we are able to alleviate hunger for children and families that will be off subsidized meal programs during the summer school break. This is often a difficult time to find good food resources due to the drop in seasonal donations."
The IFCS raises donations and collects items to assist their year-round food and services bank. Because of Sertoma's investment, IFCS can provide life changing programs services, and referrals to more than 16,000 youth and 9,000 adults annually. In addition to food donations, Dry Creek Sertoma has helped with programs such as the Gift of Hearing Program and Mother's Day Basket Enrichment Programs.
2017: "Thank you for celebrating Doctors Care's 29 years of service with a generous contribution. Your donation helps eliminate barriers to health care while empowering others to be part of the solution to keeping our entire community healthy. Gifts like yours allow Doctors Care to continue providing not only quality and compassionate care, but also lasting and reliable services to low-income and uninsured families in South Metro Denver.
"A young couple came tot he clinic for their newborn's two-month-old's checkup, alongg with a disruptive three-year-old sibling. The infant was doing well, however it ws evident Mom was extremely stresses and the sibling had behavioral issues. While the medical provider focused on the infant, the therapist engaged Mom in conversation. She learned the sibling's father (not the same as infant's father) had visited her regularly, but was currently not in her life doe to becoming incarcerated. In addition, Mom had quit a full time job to become a stay-at-home mom. This meant the sibling was also adjusting from a socialized day care situation to being at home with Mom and the new baby. These major life changes resulted in sleeplessness for mom and acting out by the child. The counselor recommended both attend therapy to work through their issues, and provided appropriate referrals. By participating in the visit, the therapist was able to work in collaboration with the medical provider and offer another layer of care and support for the family."
2016: A successful example of where our donations go is one family who was referred to Doctors Care from SafeCare Colorado. Having no medical coverage, the wife was pregnant and had not received prenatal care and the children had not received immunizations. Doctors Care was able to arrange for her to receive care from South Denver OBGYN, while enrolling the father and children in Doctors Care's Access for Uninsured program (providing vaccinations and dental care). After giving birth and having additional problems, the mother was covered as a Medicaid-covered patient in the clinic. The family was further helped in getting established through a food drive/fund raiser that provided cash, groceries, clothing, and gift cards. This family is now doing well.
Over 4,000 individuals have access to quality and affordable health care and program services through Doctors Care's 4 Core Services (care clinic, connection to coverage, health navigation, and the advantage program). Dry Creek Sertoma's financial assistance and donations have allowed the organization to expand its capacity to meet the needs of a rapidly growing underserved population. These donations help eliminate barriers to health care while empowering others to be part of the solution to seeing our entire community health.
Sept.2017: Over the years, the Arapahoe Rescue Patrol has made training its members to the best of their ability a main priority. With this training comes a necessity for up to date equipment that can safely be used for patrol operations. As equipment wears out, donations such as those provided by the Dry Creek Sertoma Club are what keep the patrol functioning.
Specifically, these generous funds have allowed members of the patrol to advance their training in swift water rescue. In 2013, the patrol's swift water team was discontinued due to a lack of instructor availability. This year the team was reintroduced in part due to the new opportunities offered by the donation. Members can afford to attend classes to become swift water rescue certified as well as acquire gear that makes training safer and more effective. Thanks to the Dry Creek Sertoma Club, the Arapahoe Rescue Patrol has been able to expand its scope and quality of rescue services.
June, 2017: "Many Thanks. Your contribution to the Patrol is greatly appreciated. We are currently celebrating almost 60 years of continuous operation!!! Over the years, we have never charged for our search and rescue services. We receive limited assistance for such activities as traffic direction at events, but this is minimal. The, we can only continue our operations if organizations, businesses and citizens are willing to help. And we DO provide a service. In 2016, the Arapahoe Recue Patrol responded on 43 missions including Search and Rescue response and Fire / Law Enforcement assistance to the various agencies we work with. In 2016, the team logged 22,700 hours of activity.
We have found that if you give young people the training and responsibility, they will perform admirably!"
In the words of one participant's parent, "I'd like to truly, truly thank Aspen Camp for giving my son the most amazing experience he's ever had in his life. He wants to go back for the whole summer? We are at a loss for words on how fortunate we were to have Aspen Camp accept our son."
Dry Creek Sertoma is proud that our contribution enables Aspen Camp to continue providing educational and recreational opportunities to hundreds of kids who find a sense of self confidence during their experience at Aspen Camp. Sertoma's current donation went to the scholarship fund needed for campers. 72% of campers ask for scholarships. They live across the U.S., although most are from Colorado. Aspen Camp provides experiences to promote personal growth as well as community education and services to advance the Deaf Community. Programs include family camp and summer camps for the youth.
Sept, 2017: "Hearing Dog, Cedar was placed in Centennial in lat June with a gentleman named John. He has been without hearing since birth and uses hearing aids. John also communicates through sign language. He is retired and living alone and requested a dog to help him know where sounds are coming from and for companionship. As a result of age and his hearing loss, John has balance difficulties and must walk with a walker. Cedar was chosen specifically for John because he calm and enjoys being in laps, but also eager to help alert to sounds. John shared.'Cedar is settling right in and is very enthusiastic answering the door and doing the fire alarm. Very mellow little guy; all the people and dogs he meets say he's quite the gentleman. He's also getting more playful and has lots of personality around me.' Thanks for all you've done for both of us.We appreciate it."
IHD trains 25-30 dogs annually and places them with hearing recipients across the United States and Canada. "Sertoma has been a wonderful supporter of our organization and our cause. Without Sertoma, we would not be able to afford the cost to successfully place 24-30 dogs each year across the US and Canada." The donation directly benefits the hearing dogs in training and helps them get to their new home. The funds help IHD to continue rescuing dogs from animal shelters and training them to be Hearing Dogs for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Sept, 2017: "The impact of receiving a daily meal is far-reaching for our clients. Getting good nutrition equates to less chronic illnesses. Volunteer visits along with our ancillary services of remembering clients' birthdays and celebrating holidays result in reduced loneliness, anxiety and medical problems. Yet the personal stories of those we serve reveal that our impact often extends beyond the expected. Rose has been on our service for almost a year. A veteran, she lives alone. Her multiple medical issues including frequent falls, bladder issues, sight impairment, and mobility problems, - limit are ability to engage fully in activities which bring her pleasure. After receiving her themed Halloween gift last year, she wrote us a letter which read "Thank you so much for the delightful 'ghost' favor that arrived with my meal yesterday. It was simple, handmade and I definitely felt the love! And it's the TLC I've really needed in my life lately. I feel that every day when I eat the delicious food lovingly prepared and delivered by a dedicated team. Thank you so much." For Rosa, as with so many of our clients, our services provide a sense of dignity and well=being knowing that those in the community care about them."
June, 2017: "As you are likely aware, the preliminary federal budget calls for elimination of Community Development Block Grants, which directly subsidizes 566 of our meals a month. We believe, however, that these funding cuts are short-sighted. As seniors age, they need increasingly more services to remain independent in their own homes, not less. If one of those services becomes unavailable- whether it is a meal delivery service or resources to help maintain a home - they are often forced to move into a senior facility, which will ultimately cost the public more in the form of increased Medicaid costs. This underscores the impact of your continued conations to TLC Meals on Wheels. With your help, we are not only able to provide seniors in our community the nutrition they need, but strengthen our community by helping them remain independent in their homes." As one client recently wrote us, 'Your service is very helpful. It takes away my worry. I have less stress in my life You give me confidence.'"
2016: "For many of us, holiday weekends are a time to visit with family and friends while enjoying good food. Yet formally of our clients, our volunteers are the only people they see during the day. On holidays it's easy to forget the impact of a special meal, but at TLC Meals on Wheels, we frequently receive calls from clients telling us how much they appreciated that we remembered them on the holidays with a themed meal. It's special touches like these - including friendly visits with our volunteers, our daily wellness checks, and remembering our client's birthdays - that earn us the distinction of 'much more than a meal.'"
Sertoma's donations enable TLC Meals on Wheels to continue delivering meals as well as reminding seniors that we care. We enjoy what we can do when we can do it - like the time before Thanksgiving that we had a lot of loaves of bread that were donated and used in the preparation of stuffing for the Meals on Wheels clients.
Programs have increased to include Mozambique and El Salvador with future partnerships in other parts of Africa and Latin America. Free the Girls will laugh a unique new workshop that better and more fully equips the women to create a personalized path out of poverty, even after they've graduated from the bra-selling program. This new workshop not only teaches business skills but gets to the heart of the matter - reminding these women that they are worthy to be employed, and that they are creative and resourceful human beings who have a place in the marketplace.
Funds and bras provided to the Uganda Program women provided the inventory to survivors of sex trafficking to earn a safe income as they transition from trauma to true freedom. By earning a living through the sales of the donated bras, they are able to put their children through school and break generational poverty.
We are truly grateful to have the opportunity to assist organizations that serve people in need. Letters of thanks have identified where the donations were provided and how the assistance impacted lives. The following are excerpt from some of those letters.
Arapahoe Santa Claus Shop is an all-volunteer, community-based non-profit providing free toys to deserving children in Littleton, Englewood, and Sheridan. Dry Creek Sertoma provided toys for preschool age boys and girls and volunteer time to set up and hand out the toys. Over 1,300 kids received toys last year.
"Thanks so very much for your generous donation to the 2017 Arapahoe Santa Claus Shop. Because of caring donors like you, 2017 was our 58th year of providing free toys to deserving children in Littleton, Englewood, and Sheridan. We sincerely thank you and are grateful for your involvement and support. The funds from Dry Creek Sertoma will go a long ways to provide toys and also educational toys and puzzles for the infant and preschool department."
"2016 was the first year that I was co-director of the Santa Shop and it certainly gave me a different insight as to all that goes into making it a success for these families. I came into direct contact with many people that brought donations to my house. Of these people, they had stories to tell of how the Santa Shop had been a life saver in years past.
One lady gave many bags of stuffed animals and said her son, who is in his twenties, still has the monkey that he received many Christmas' ago from the Santa Shop. I was impressed that families remember us from years past and when they get on their feet, don't forget the time we helped them."
"The funds you sent will almost pay for all our (sign language) interpreters that we have during camp. The sign language interpreters are an important part of our offered services. Children will be able to communicate with our coaches more effectively with the interpreters. Thank you so much for your donation. You have helped in a very significant way."
The LoDo Field of Dreams is a baseball camp that reaches out to children with hearing challenges who normally may not have the chance to learn and play in highly skilled sports, nor have the opportunity to play organized baseball and other sports programs. All attendees are from ages 7 to 17 years. Several Sertoma clubs assist in this two day camp. Additionally, Dry Creek's donation paid for approximately 50 camper T-shirts. "Funds are limited so this really helps us reach children with hearing challenges."
August, 2017: "In July 2014, Paul suffered a stroke, After the stroke, he needed speech, physical and occupational therapy. Insurance benefits were quickly exhausted. In desperate need to additional therapies he could afford, Paul and his daughter, Jennifer immediately made an appointment with Easterseals Colorado where they were impressed by the program and the staff. 'They gave us hope when none existed.' Paul has become a part of the Easterseals' family and his progress both socially6 and physically has improved greatly. Jennifer said, 'I, too have had respite, thanks to the time he spends at Easterseals. I am renewed and therefore, a better daughter, caregiver and friend.' Individuals like Paul and countless others strive to return to activities of daily living. Through our 9 different program areas, people with disabilities and their families can receive the supports they so desperately need!"
2016: One participant of the Easter Seals Colorado's Rehabilitation Services and Stroke Day Program suffered a stroke resulting in severe expressive aphasia. Since having private therapy with a Speech Pathologist through the Stroke Day Program, that person has made significant progress and has been helped combatting the isolation she experienced. "When she began attending the Stroke Day Program, she could only say one word. Unfortunately, her one word was a swear word. After 2 1/2 years of therapy, she now walks into the building every morning with a complete sentence, 'My name is Monica (name changed) and I am at Easter Seals! It is still a struggle for her to get that sentence out, but it is a dramatic change from the single swear word she started with."
"Speech therapy is a critical component of Easter Seals Colorado's Rehabilitation Services and Stroke Day Program. It quite literally gives people back their voice after a stroke." The programs operate five days per week. Throughout the day, participants have access to the following services: physical, occupational and speech therapies, therapeutic cognitive support, warm water therapy exercise and other fitness activities. Additionally participants are surrounded by peers, giving them the opportunity to enhance social skills and share life experiences.
IPADS were purchased to facilitate the therapy programs held in the homes of 15 clients. Educational brochures were purchased to educate 400 parents in the metro area. Two signs were purchased to market the Wee Ride program serving 45 children, in addition to purchase halters, brushes and horse treats. Through the Safe Ears program, 1652 children were screened for hearing, vision, and/or speech and language disorders. Approximately 15% were referred for further evaluation to professionals in the community. Educational bookmarks, ear protection plugs, and educational materials were also provided to families and teachers at the schools and sent home in SafeEar Bags. A total of 975 free materials were provided through Dry Creek donations.
The Children's Advisory Network is a non-profit organization providing speech and language services to teach children the essential skills needed to be confident and successful communicators. The Safe Ears program program educational materials and screening to children and teachers in our community. Three programs provides speech services: Wee Speak for in-home speech therapy, Wee Screen for hearing, vision, speech and language screening in pre-schools and private schools, and We Ride - hippo therapy (combination speech therapy and horse therapy). As each program has separate needs, the donation is split across the programs.
"The Listen office received a call from University Hospital about a young girl who just received a cochlear implant and needed therapy to learn how to listen and talk. During this critical time after implant, the family was going to lose their medicaid insurance and UCH asked for Listen's help. We were able to pool this donation with monies donated from another Sertoma club to fund the therapy this girl needed to process sound from the new implant . . perfect timing! We so appreciate the extra funding this year - Thank you!" "By making crucial therapy available as soon as possible, regardless of financial situation, your contribution helps us to provide life changing possibilities for our participants."
"Please extend our appreciation to everyone at the Dry Creek Sertoma Club for choosing the Listen Foundation as a recipient of your successful fundraising efforts." Donations "will allow more children to begin learning to listen and talk which will eventually lead them to a point in life where they can enjoy the same education and lifestyle as their typical hearing peers. These funds will provide listening and spoken language therapy for a child whose family cannot afford to pay for it." This will be accomplished through an initial assessment of children to determine their therapy needs and the appropriate listening and spoken language therapy. Dry Creek Sertoma's donation this year covered the cost of assessments for two children. The Listen Foundation is dedicated to helping Colorado families with children who are deaf or hearing impaired reach their full potential.
We run a youth racing program that involves families and their kids. As a member of the All- American Soap Box Derby, we send our Champions to the world Championships in Akron, OH. Through your support, we use the funds to give 3 Champs funds to travel and attend the program which would otherwise would be a significant challenge for the families. We sent 3 Champ families and supported the shipment of 2 rally cars to Akron in July. Our Super Kid racer won our local race and went to Akron. He was with his parents and sister, who as a family won the Best Decorated Table at our spaghetti cook-off fundraiser.
The Support of Sertoma and especially Dry Creek Sertoma is Vital to the Sertoma Mile High Soap Box Derby. We appreciate the support and could not do it without the generosity and support of the members. It should be noted that all families participating benefit in the opportunity. We had approximately 28 families that participated in the program this year at just the local championships. Our rally program included an additional 25 families at each event. They are middle to lower income families with children between the ages of 7 and 20 who come from all different backgrounds. We had 8 Super Kids who had either physical and or mental challenges and kids in our local programs with speech and hearing.
We feel as though we have a unique program that involves the entire family and promotes family communication, time spent together, and the development of child behavior in a healthy competitive environment in their most impressionable years. This sport is not like any other in the fact that the child has the ultimate affect on if they win or lose. The parent has a unique opportunity to coach their child through successes and failures. The time spent doing so is absolutely indescribably important. The fact that we get to send a winner in each class to the second oldest racing event in the world to be part of history, is a bonus. These children that gain this opportunity get a life changing experience. We feel strongly that the families that commit to our program get the most out of it, but even the one time racer gets an opportunity of a lifetime