HARTWOOD FOUNDATION, INC.
2019/2020 Annual Holiday Appeal
Dear Families and Friends of Hartwood,
It is so exciting to witness the many ways in which your generosity has contributed to the mission of our organization; van conversions and beach trips, home modifications and lift equipment, Summer Camp sponsorships and community club registrations and the list goes on and on. So, thank you. Thank you for your kind donations and your continuing belief in what we do!
Hartwood Foundation celebrated 46 years of service this year. From our early beginnings as a family cooperative organization sharing resources to the public-private community service organization of today, Hartwood has remained an innovator in the development of community-based residential and respite services for persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Our successes have only been made possible by your continued giving.
As you might imagine, the actual costs of supporting individuals to fully participate in the life of their local communities, as they age-in-place, continue to grow and far exceed the funds immediately available from local and state government. Hartwood chose from the start to serve persons with significant and multiple disabilities with the understanding that people should be allowed, and supported, to age-in-place. Many of the individuals we currently support in our group homes first came to Hartwood through our Respite and In Home Supports programs twenty to thirty years ago and we have supported them since. As they have aged their support needs have grown, of course. Through the years, accessible homes, roll-in showers, lift equipment and specialized/wheelchair vehicles have become more essential and more commonplace while our service recipients’ presence and active involvement in the community has become more commonplace as well. Hartwood continues to advocate for updates in funding via our local legislators as current Medicaid Waiver reimbursement rates are based on 2014 data. Please help us to keep pace with the ever-changing, intensifying support needs of our service recipients while they remain active citizens, enjoying all that their local communities have to offer.
Please give generously as you have in the past. With your help we can make a real difference in the lives of those we serve. We wish you a happy, healthy and safe Holiday Season!
With warm regards,
Christian A. Brown, President Hartwood Foundation, Inc.