Your Support Keeps Me Safe
If Damar provided only the level of staffing 22-year-old Chad S. required and deserves, he wouldn’t be able to go anywhere or live in a community setting. But we know that, with the right level of care, Chad can do more than what otherwise might seem possible. So, through the help of donors, Damar provides a four-point harness and two-to-one staffing when transporting Chad, and provides staffing at a near 1:1 level to provide him with the highest quality of life in the community. Recent budget cuts mean reimbursement from the state won’t pay for him to have that level of care, but we know the difference it makes.
Chad loves the freedom of running, so much so that it can impact his safety. Knowing this, Damar paid to have a fence put up around the backyard so that Chad can enjoy the exhilaration of the wind though his hair in a safe environment.
Additionally, Damar paid out-of-pocket to turn the basement of the home into a sensory room to provide Chad and the other men who live in the home with an environment that enables them to engage in self-soothing sensory activities.
Thanks to the extra effort, Chad lives in a community setting with three other adults – which means
he has more dignity, opportunity, and experiences than he would otherwise. And that means he’ll continue to grow and succeed.
– Stephanie Shrubb, Mom
Your Support Makes Memories
As a mother and a Damar employee, I love that our kids will grow up to have “normal” and positive childhood memories to reflect upon. Not only is this significant to me, but to the kids at Damar. So many children in residential care spend the majority of their time in units inside and rarely get to go outside, let alone go on community outings. Thanks to the generosity of others, our kids get to swing, play on a playground, swim in a pool, ride bikes outside, go to the zoo, ride school buses, participate in school activities, be a member of an athletic team and go to prom. What makes this even more significant is that they get to do these things with peers who are experiencing the same challenges they are. So, for a period of time,
they are not seen as “different”, they don’t stick out, and they are allowed to be who they are – a remarkable child.
– Melissa Combs, Chief Administrator of Children’s Residential Services
Your Support Has A Positive Impact
Both my personal and professional life experience within the children’s residential programs has afforded me an opportunity to give back. Often we as staff within these organizations, get to experience what so many in our communities do not see. Damar provides a place for those without a voice.
The growth of our clients is seen daily from a simple smile up to a decrease in behaviors. Our unyielding commitment to high standards for the quality of care not just for the clients but staff translate into an overall enriching experience. Successful programming has proven to have positive impacts on our client’s positive thoughts, perceptions and emotional self-regulation. Research has shown that the most successful residential programs are involved within their communities. The reputation, as well as respect that Damar has earned over the past several decades, is due to the support of our communities and state. That support translates into an effective treatment programming for our most valued resource, our children.
Damar provides a place for those without a voice.
– Jason Rayl, Director of Residential Operations