We are so excited to announce that United way has chosen Special Kids Therapy and Nursing Center as one of their 2016 grant recipients. In July we received a grant commitment from United Way for $10,000 to support the Camp Ability program.
Camp Ability provides a safe and affordable place, where children with special needs can continue receiving the care they need in the summer months. Camp also keeps these children physically active and socially involved with their peers while their parents can maintain working during the summer months. With the help of the United Way grant, and many other grants we receive for camp, Special Kids is able to carry out its mission to serve Jesus Christ by caring for His children in the summer months through Camp Ability.
Many parents describe Camp Ability as an answer to prayer. One parent in particular mentions that Camp Ability has helped restore a sense of hope in their child.
The United Way grant will allow Special Kids to offer reduced weekly fees to families. The $10,000 grant will be to be applied to scholarships, which would allow families in need to pay on the sliding fee scale, while still maintaining the program costs Camp Ability requires to provide a safe and fun camp environment for all 75 campers.
"United Way is evolving with our ever-changing community," states President and CEO of Rutherford and Cannon Counties United Way, Meagan Flippin. "We’re working to address key issues in education, health, and financial stability that improves lives long-term. We are seeking opportunities to solve community problems at their root cause, and we owe it to our community to take a proactive approach.”
"We are so thankful for United Way joining us in our efforts to provide hope, fun and support to children with special needs and their families," states Alexis Ramsey, director of strategic initiatives. "This grant is a huge help in allowing us to keep our fees low and serve 88 children through summer care."