You have been such a strong supporter of CLH, I want to share with you some early summer highlights of initiatives that are underway and making a positive impact. The challenges created by Covid-19 may have changed how programs are delivered to individuals supported by CLH Developmental Support Services, but our commitment to support, include and empower has never wavered.
- Teen Camp is not running in its traditional format this summer but the needs of the youth we support have not diminished, and plans are in place to re-create the best parts of camp –whether delivered in person or virtually this fall and winter. Teen Camp recently received a tremendous boost from The Town of Midland through a Community Grant of $8000. Together with $8200 raised through Camp Card donations, these funds ensure that teens will enjoy much-needed opportunities for social and personal growth.
- The 33 individuals in CLH’s Supported Independent Living (SIL) program have been among the most affected by the Pandemic. In SIL, individuals with developmental disabilities are able to live on their own, with support. Some find living independently enjoyable and just need a little help; others require frequent check-ins and assistance. All face challenges to pay for rent, food, simple needs on limited income. The most painful change has been the loss of face-to-face connections to their social network. With a new $6000 grant from the Federal Emergency Community Support Fund via Community Foundations of Canada and Huronia Community Foundation, each SIL member will receive a weekly home-cooked meal prepared and delivered by their CLH direct support worker, the person who supports them through the year and has been there for them throughout this challenging time, to help lift their spirits and provide sustenance and support.
- This week, a generous donation from the Midland Civitan Clubmeans that 21 sets of Outdoor Yahtzee games are making their way to CLH homes. Civitan members support our efforts to keep residents engaged. As provincial restrictions for congregate living remain in place, time spent outside is more valuable than ever.
- The CLH Virtual Day Program is in Week 17. Our supported individuals are doing their part to minimize exposure risks associated with COVID-19 by staying safely at home, a measure they have undertaken with grace and patience. Throughout this time they’ve approached the new programs with a ‘can-do’ spirit. Among the favourites are “Connect Café” and “CLH Dance Parties”, connections made with peers at Community Living Oakville, and house-to-house competitions for butter tart baking, window decorating, movie trailer production. CLH Foundation has been pleased to support these with prizes and treats all along the way.
- Finally, I’m very proud to share with you that a portion of the funds raised at the 2020 Gala are being put to work right now at each CLH home to help create welcoming spaces and places to be together and eat together while sheltered from the sun, the rain and the bugs! The “Backyard Project” means patio sets, umbrellas, gazebos, bird feeders and more will help add to each household’s enjoyment of the finest seasons of the year. It feels like the right thing to do while everyone is kept safe and #togetherathome.
We are so grateful for our community and for your support. So much of what we can do is made possible only because of generous donations. We welcome your continued support! If you would like to make a gift to CLH Foundation, you can do so knowing that your donation will be ‘put to work’ to directly support those served by CLH. Thank you!
President, CLH Foundation Board of Directors