I've been busy working to develop the business plan of the foundation to help guide fundraising efforts. New program and funding initiatives are listed on the Projects page of www.sanchia.org. I'll list them here as well. I'm excited for the great things we can do for some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Please consider making a donation either through the website or via the foundation's gofundme page.
Residential Youth Activities Fund
The Mohawk Hard-to-Place Unit of the Children’s Home in Schenectady, NY is the home for youth who have been in residential care for a significant part of their lives. This was Sanchia’s last work place. The Residential Youth Activities Fund will provide the funding for onsite and community activities that give residents a fuller more rounded life experience.
Families and individuals with developmental disabilities are seeking independent living solutions for family members and themselves in increasing numbers. The service continuum after an individual reaches the age of 21, the age when school age serves end and adult services begin, is not sufficient to meet the housing needs for people with developmental disabilities. Garrison House is a hybrid program drawing on the resources of the nonprofit and for-profit sectors to create independent living solutions tailored to the needs of the individual. In doing so the program also creates housing solutions for students in related fields seeking real world experience and people in need of stable housing opportunities.
Autism and Mental Health Initiative
According to Data USA the clinician to patient ratio for mental health across all counties in New York state is 1 to 202. There are not enough health care providers to go around. Within that insufficient group of providers, the number who are equipped and willing to meet the needs of people with autism who also have mental health issues is smaller still. Families fight against barriers to access to find that the care that the need is only available hours away in another city or another state. The Autism and Mental Health Initiative is a coordinated effort with community partners to raise awareness of the mental health needs of people on the autism spectrum and create a movement that brings the necessary state, federal, and county resources to the Syracuse community.