Scholarships Needed For People With Special Needs
Certified Fitness For Special Needs
Fall/ Winter 2017 Fundraising Campaign October 1st - December 31st
We need your help. The New Jersey State Department of Developmental Disabilities has withdrawn 2017 - 2018 funding for people with special needs to participate in our personal special needs community programs.
This decision means that most people and their families are unable to pay, therefore unable to continue their personal wellness, exercise and social skills building programs. Our approach fills a large void in state supports and many members travel a distance from other towns to enjoy the experiences. People with developmental disabilities and their families face a lifetime of challenges, this is another burden for them to face.
The decision is troublesome. There are so many areas that could be cut from a shrinking state budget, but taking away the customized, personal programs from people with developmental disabilities? Really?
We are asking you to consider any reasonable donation to support the continuation of this important community program. We need to find a way to have this model program continue and grow.
Our goal for 2017/2018 scholarships and associated customized equipment is $15,000.00.
Who We Are
At our Healthy U Studio, we are committed to operating inclusive wellness programs that are focused on meeting the needs of our diverse community. Whether a student, a senior, a member focusing on the impact of Parkinson's, engaged in stroke recovery or other movement challenges, we will customize personal and group experiences focused on building your confidence and strength. We offer one on one fitness and many individual, small and larger group experiences designed for special interests.
As a big part of our commitment, we have established a non-profit program - Certified Fitness For Special Needs, New Jersey, Inc. This effort started with one person looking for support 5 years ago and today we are in the double digits. Our solutions are filling voids for fitness seekers who face developmental disability challenges and have very few options for non - medical supports. Actually very few supports at all!
Our simple goal is to support our program's continuity. Offering individual scholarships is a private matter, relieving continuous financial burdens of family and friends and visibly reinforces our community's' support. Our approach includes Martial Arts, Dancing, Sensory Enrichment, Yoga, Wellness Gaming and more. We also fund and partner with other non profit special needs organizations to expand external social activities. It is totally worth our collective investments.
You Might Be Asking "WHY" Or "WHY NOW"?
Bottom Line ... SPECIAL NEEDS FUNDING HAS BEEN CANCELLED by The State of New Jersey as they continue to restructure meeting their commitments to improve efficiency, effectiveness and lower cost structures. We are trying to remedy these funding decisions and have expressed our concerns along with other special needs providers across the state. Our efforts have been unsuccessful.
The Department Of Developmental Disabilities' decision is of course, troublesome. There are so many areas that could be cut from a shrinking budget, but taking away the customized programs for people with disabilities? Really?
This decision means that most people and their families are unable to pay, therefore unable to continue their wellness, exercise, nutrition, and social programs without help. This is where this campaign fits in. We are raising awareness of the antiquated attitudes that are prevalent in our government agencies about the modern options in the lives of people challenged with disabilities. In the meantime, we need to keep our programs running and offer the public the real facts to sway opinions and funding. It's clear that this program is not just nice to have but meets real needs. Your voices matter.
HELP OUR PROGRAM STAY ALIVE
Your contributions will be used for member program scholarships and customized equipment purchases. We appreciate any donation that you could make. We would truly appreciate your sharing this campaign with your family, friends or members of your church or community groups.
Every donation matters. Invite Your Family, Friends Community Members.
You can also Send A Tax Deductible Donation Check Or Money Order to:
Certified Fitness For Special Needs, NJ 501©3 (CFSN) --Healthy U Studio
422 Route 22 West,
Whitehouse Station, New Jersey 08889
For more details, visit website http://www.healthyufitness.com/
Thank You For Your Support!
Janet Rollero and Lynn Aloff
Healthy U -- Our Fitness For All Community
*Certified Fitness For Special Needs - NJ is a 501(c)3 non profit organization