At this time of great concern for all of us, we sincerely hope that you and those you care about are healthy and safe.
COVID-19 has shaken up the world, and so many things have become beyond challenging. Many things paused or stopped back in March but developmental disabilities such as autism did not. At Crossroads Center for Children, we quickly transitioned to remote services back in March, and kept our promise to help our students and their families. Thankfully, many of you made donations and we were able to make it through financially. We definitely struggled starting with Day 1 of schools being closed, but at this time we're so happy to express gratitude, because we've just made it through a successful in-person summer session.
Our student body consists largely of children with extraordinarily significant learning needs. Our organization, our entire reason for being, is to meet the needs that are unable to be met in their home districts or in any other setting.
We opened for summer session for our students with IEPs and had a wonderful summer, thanks to the careful planning of our directors, and the teamwork of our entire staff, student and parent body as we implemented and carried out many new or heightened health and safety practices. Classes will resume on September 9th.
At this time we are planning ahead for any scenario coming in the future. When we reopen in September, it will be in person, so we are raising money for the greatly increased costs of running a school during COVID-19. New items in our budget include PPE, cleaning and sanitizing supplies, individual art and school supplies for students, and tons of technology equipment. While planning for in-person school, we also have to be prepared to close at a moment's notice again, depending upon our governor and his mandates, and upon our own potential for an outbreak, or upon other variables which are possible. In the case of returning to remote services, our increased budget items include even more technology equipment. Either way, you can help.
If you can, please help today. We are enormously proud of our community’s sense of togetherness and determination to care for the young learners who need our services. Your gift will help pay teachers, therapists and teaching assistants, buy needed supplies and equipment, and allow us to keep fighting the effects of COVID-19.
Thank you for your consideration.
Vicki S. Ramotar, MSED Resource Development Specialist
518-280-0083 extension 126
P.S. You can give now by visiting our secure webpage http://crossroadcenter.org/donate/, or right here on our GoFundMe site.