Give the gifts of choice, respect & independence this holiday season & spread comfort & joy to those who need it most.
With the holiday season upon us, we wanted to remind our friends & family that so many of the experiences we all enjoy during this time of year are not covered by public funding for the individuals we serve. This means that, without private donations from our community leaders & stakeholders, many of our individuals will go without this holiday season.
You can help.
A gift on #GivingTuesday or during our Comfort & Joy Holiday Giving campaign will go to provide immediate support that improves the quality of life for those we support each year. There is no greater gift than comfort & joy and we are more than thankful to have you as part of our CRi family.
CRi Stakeholders & Friends,
I am so grateful for your past support of CRi. Donors like you assist CRi in delivering comfort and joy to more than 1,000 men, women and youth at-risk with mental health needs and developmental disabilities in Virginia and Maryland each year. Thank you for helping us provide the programs and support necessary for so many people in our community. At CRi, your generous and thoughtful gifts make positive, tangible improvements in the quality of life of the people we support.
Private gifts from supporters like you, are vital to the growth and health of our organization. Your donations afford CRi the opportunity to expand upon the resources we provide for those in our community who need it most.
As you may know, there has been exciting and increased movement to help move people with mental health needs and developmental disabilities out of institutional settings and into community-based homes within local neighborhoods. CRi fully embraces and supports this movement, however, the unfortunate reality of this progress in our society is the cost to deliver personalized, community-based support increases each year.
This time of year, many of us participate in holiday traditions, such as ice skating, going to a holiday movie with family or friends, attending a theatrical performance, concert, or ballet - all activities that improve our quality of life and community engagement as citizens. Did you know that these same opportunities are not supported by the public funding CRi receives? Your unrestricted gifts would provide those we support increased community inclusion, choice, and independence.
I recently learned of an individual who, when in an institutionalized setting, enjoyed therapeutic horseback riding each week. However, now that he is living in a home in the community, the cost of his therapeutic riding is no longer a reimbursed expense. Though he loves his new home, the joy and personal growth he experienced while riding is missing in his life and the cost of the program he adored and looked so forward to each week is no longer an option, as his family regretfully cannot afford the additional expense.
Please help us bring a smile to the faces of people with mental health needs and developmental disabilities by making a donation to CRi today. Your gift will provide increased comfort and joy this holiday season and beyond.
You may make your gift today using the enclosed reply envelope, or by visiting www.MyCRi.org/comfortandjoy. Your generosity will positively impact the lives of those who need it most. Thank you for your continued support and friendship.
Arthur M. Ginsberg
President & CEO, CRi
(Formerly Community Residences, Inc.)
P.S. This formally launches CRi’s 2018 Comfort & Joy Campaign. Our goal is to raise $100,000 and to provide increased support and services to more women, men, and youth at-risk in our community, so that they can live a comfortable and joyful life. We can’t accomplish this goal without your help. Please make a thoughtful gift that is meaningful to you and your family in support of our goal.