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In this season of gratitude and compassion, I have so much to thank you for. Thousands of donors have remembered Ray Graham Association in their holiday plans, and if you’re in a position to do so, will you join me in supporting people like Robby?
Your consistent and reliable support has made Ray Graham Association the standard of care and community for over 70 years. Could you make your donation recurring? If you subscribe to Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Costco, think of how easy it is to spend on a monthly basis! Please consider adding RGA to your “subscription list.” This recurring donation would provide a steady lifeline so that people with disabilities can:
- Reach their potential by providing access to therapeutic programs, recreation, and family support resources.
- Grow their future through neighborhood living, life-skills training, and employment opportunities.
- Achieve their goals by pursuing personalized plans with measurable actions and results.
It costs $2,448 an hour to help nearly 2,000 children and adults like Robby reach, grow, and achieve. Your consistent and reliable support is going to strengthen our shared mission, and that’s why I reached out to you.
With thanks and appreciation,
President & CEO
With You By Our Side…
Ray Graham Association was able to achieve all of this in 2021:
- Build new partnerships with employers like Pete’s Fresh Market, Addison Trail High School, and the Wheaton Public Library to hire people with disabilities.
- Coach athletes who won gold and silver in the Special Olympics Illinois golf qualifier.
- Advocate for people with disabilities and people who support them with Illinois lawmakers.
- Maintain certification for the 24th year by the Council of Quality and Leadership (CQL) for our leadership’s vision of dignity, opportunity, and community for all people.
Yet, we have more work to do, and people with disabilities are counting on you.
Robby began therapeutic horseback riding at the Hanson Center when he was two years old. His riding instructor was so kind and helpful that she inspired Robby’s mom, Tammy, to become a developmental therapist herself. When thinking about the impact you’ve had in Robby’s life, she says, “It is nice to know that there are people out there who sincerely care about our kids.”
Robby, now 27, continues developing social skills, preparing for jobs, and connecting with his community through Monarch Academy. “At Monarch, I get to see my friend, Paul. We volunteer at Naperville parks and the Hanson Center barn,” says Robby. He also lends a helping hand at Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Meals on Wheels, and the Western DuPage Community Food Pantry. Robby’s life reflects the proverb giving is better than receiving.
All of his hard work paid off when he landed his dream job in 2019. “At work, I love to see the customers and push the carts,” says Robby, who loves meeting people. “Goodwill has allowed Robby to set a schedule where he can still participate in Monarch Academy, Gateway Special Recreation Association, and Special Olympics swimming,” says his Ray Graham Association Employment Specialist, Kate. With your support, Kate can offer on-the-job coaching that caters to Robby’s specific hopes, needs, and skills.
Robby has achieved all of this because of the unwavering love of his family, the dedicated team members of Ray Graham Association, and your continued support!