Imagining Possibilities Capital Campaign
For many families the excitement of a new child in the family is tempered by the realization that something is not quite right. From the very beginning, they experience fear and doubt. As their child grows into adulthood, they may need help fostering life skills that encourage independent living, meaningful work that matches their abilities and a sense of community.
- Kitsap County has the highest rate of children diagnosed with autism, more than any other county in Washington, according to the University of Washington Center for Autism.
- Adults with disabilities in Kitsap County have an unemployment rate of 68%—nearly 8 times higher than the average.
- 1 in every 68 children has autism; a 600% increase in prevalence over the past two decades.
- About 10% of the children in Kitsap County have a disability or chronic illness. The incidence of abuse and neglect among these children is twice as high as it is among average children (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2006).
OUR GOAL IS TO HELP EACH PERSON LIVE THEIR BEST LIFE.
At Holly Ridge Center, we give each child the best start possible—with professional care, state-of-the-art therapies, and a family who is well prepared for any challenges that may arise.
For adults, we support, encourage and advocate for life-long learning and appropriate independence.
Success for those we serve means:
- Reducing the need for publicly funded services by children aged three and older.
- Increasing each child’s success through early intervention, therapy and support.
- Encouraging greater family stability by reducing stress and increasing access and advocacy.
- Expanding opportunities for adults with differing abilities so that they can live independently and find meaningful work with equal access and pay.
HOWEVER, WE HAVE A MAJOR CHALLENGE—AND IT’S NOT WHETHER OR NOT WE CAN HELP MAKE THESE THINGS HAPPEN. OUR CHALLENGE IS SPACE.
As the need for our services has grown, direct treatment space has slowly disappeared. Recently additional space was leased to help meet the overwhelming need for more classroom and therapy space. Our Adult Employment Services Program was relocated to another office building in Bremerton.
It was out of this necessity that our capital campaign was born.
Imagine the Possibilities
A new space will improve our ability to provide great care by enhancing our ability to collaborate, schedule and deliver specialized services and care with the best tools in the right space for each client.
Enhancing our treatment environments and providing ample space for equipment will help our staff focus on the possibilities for each child and their family, and less on juggling rooms, tools, and equipment. Through this campaign, we will purchase a space where:
- More families, children and adults can receive therapy and services in a shorter time-frame and more effectively with dedicated space and state-of-the-art equipment.
- Our Adult Services are more easily accessible by being on the bus line to a rapidly growing number of people with differing abilities, most of whom cannot drive.
- Differing abilities and special needs will become more visible our community, helping us to continue fostering attitudes of inclusion, tolerance, and acceptance.
WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US
We’d love to share more about our Imagine Possibilities Campaign.
To learn more:
please email Erica Delma
or call 360.479.9023.