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SJMF provides $3,700 to Full Circle to support their Therapeutic Riding program

Research shows that children with special needs who participate in equine assisted activities and therapies can experience physical and emotional rewards. The rhythmic motion of a horse moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait, so physically impaired riders with physical needs often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength. The unique relationship formed with a horse can also lead to increased confidence, patience and self-esteem. Full Circle provides a treatment strategy that is part of an integrated program designed to address functional limitations and disabilities in patients with neuromotor and sensory dysfunction.

Because of your support, the SJMF is able to provide funding to Full Circle for this important program.

Thank you for your generosity.

Glenn and Ilana

SJMF provides $18,000 to Richmond Community Services Foundation to support their Dining Facility Modernization initiative

The cafeteria-like dining area at Richmond will be renovated into a dining room whose design and furnishings match the needs of the residents who dine there. Moreover, the new furnishings and equipment will allow the dining room to be used for program activities during non-meal times. An adaptable, modern dining room will have multiple benefits for the residents. They will have more opportunities to learn self-sufficiency, have a more dignified and family-like mealtime and have furnishings and equipment that ensures their safety.

Because of your support, the SJMF is able to provide funding to Richmond for this important project.

We appreciate your contributions and interest in SJMF.

Glenn and Ilana

SJMF provides $3,000 to support Dancing Dreams

Laughter intermingles with the sound of classical ballet music, the tapping of tap shoes and yes, the sound of crutches and braces hitting the wooden floor at the Clearview Senior Center as Dancing Dreams lays the groundwork for another annual spring performance. It is the chance for the dancers to take the stage in front of family and friends dressed in all the glitter, feathers and costumes of every girl’s dreams. It’s clear from the smiles of not only those onstage, but all those in attendance that they are STARS and many dreams are indeed coming true this day.

In 2011, the SJMF provided funding to support the video production including filming, editing and duplication of their 2011 recital, allowing the dancers, their families, volunteers, and friends to relive the memory of this special day when the dreams of so many came true. Last year we had the privilege of seeing this heartwarming show and can testify to the pride and pleasure exhibited by everyone involved.

Because of your support, we are able to again provide funding to Dancing Dreams to allow 200 little girls to forever relive and cherish the memory of their best day ever.

Thank you for your generosity.

Glenn and Ilana

SJMF provides $10,000 to support SKIP of New York’s Julia Fund

The Slater Jett Meyers Foundation is excited to announce that it has provided funding in the amount of $44,700 to four organizations in support of important projects and programs. In the next four weeks, you will learn how your support has helped local organizations make a difference in the lives of special needs children.

SJMF provides $10,000 to support SKIP of New York’s Julia Fund

As relayed to us by a SKIP representative…

There is a one-year-old boy in New York with an electrolyte imbalance, a congenital condition so severe that his life depends on a highly specialized pump to deliver exact doses of medication. He is on multiple medications. If the medications co-mingle, he will die. The pump keeps them separate. This boy was in the hospital. His parents wanted him home. To get home, he needed to be enrolled in Care at Home, a state Medicaid program through which he could receive all services he needs to live with his family. The state would not enroll him until he was physically at home. The hospital would not release him without the specialized pump. The pump cost $1,800. His parents had very little income. Medicaid was their sole source of insurance. No Medicaid vendor carried the pump. A two-year battle stood between the boy and Medicaid approval to fund the purchase of his life-sustaining pump from a non-Medicaid vendor. Meanwhile, the hospital prepared to transfer the boy to a less acute facility with a lower level of care than his extreme condition demands. Every time the baby was moved, his life was seriously threatened due to the sensitivity of his system and the complexity of his disabilities. The situation was dire.The Slater Jett Meyers Foundation helped save his life thanks to the grant in 2011 to the Julia Fund, which provides the funding needed to move children off SKIP’s waiting list and into services. A portion of the 2011 grant was used to purchase the pump and the child came home. This is one of many examples of how the SJMF helps support SKIP’s commitment to provide services to children who are critically ill and developmentally disabled, especially when other avenues are blocked.

Because of your support, we are able to once again provide funding to SKIP in support of the Julia Fund. Thank you for your continued generosity.

On behalf of the Slater Jett Meyers Foundation, best wishes for a happy and healthy new year.

Glenn and Ilana

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