Speech, language and literacy disorders can strike any child – with devastating outcomes. Many of these children struggle daily with the task of speaking, reading and writing. They become used to being teased, ignored, or scolded when they want to say something, when attempting to read, or when asked to write. Unfortunately, countless children with speech, language and literacy disorders are socially promoted from one grade to the next and suffer from extremely low self-confidence and difficulty succeeding academically.
The 14 RiteCare Childhood Language Centers of California, a program of the California Scottish Rite Foundation has made a lasting difference in the lives of children in California. Each year the Foundation provides support for life-changing speech, language, and literacy treatment of childhood language disorders to more than 2,300 children at the 14 RiteCare Childhood Language Centers of California in communities across the state, free of charge. Since its founding in 1958, the Foundation also provides in excess of $200,000.00 annually in support of a wide variety of scholarship assistance to over 100 California students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. The Foundation’s third component, the Americanism Program provides support services for California’s military Veterans by partnering with trusted organizations to provide funding for job training, legal services and temporary housing for Veterans in need.
The RiteCare Childhood Language Centers of California, a program of the California Scottish Rite Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, totally reliant on philanthropy from individuals, foundations and corporate partners. We do not receive any state or federal funding.
We serve children with speech, language and literacy disorders by providing the opportunity for free, life-changing therapy to improve their communication skills.
We are leaders in transitioning children with childhood communication disorders to realize their full potential.
The RiteCare Childhood Language Centers of California and the Foundation adhere to the premise that every child with speech, language or literacy disorders should have the opportunity to receive vital therapy from certified Speech Pathologists so that they may lead productive lives; freely communicating with their family, peers, and succeeding academically.
Acquiring these services can be life-changing, providing a renewed sense of self confidence, and the ability to communicate that many take for granted.
All of the above is provided at NO COST to the children we serve.
The RiteCare Childhood Language Centers of California is a program of the California Scottish Rite Foundation that was founded in 1958 and is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
BIG Hearts Give BIG!
Thank you for your BIG Heart! Last month in our Speaking Up newsletter, we shared how your generous support helped change countless children’s, students’ and Veterans’ lives throughout California!
We also shared many testimonials throughout the year from parents detailing how their children’s lives were changed because of your support! Those first-hand testimonials are just a few examples of how your big heart has made a tremendous difference for the children we serve!
You may recall reading about how “At 12 years old, Riley felt stupid! Like there was something wrong with him. Like he was different! It affected his self-esteem and other areas of his life.” But with the help from the RiteCare Childhood Language Center, he received the proper treatment which provided him freedom! Riley now wants to be an astrophysicist!
Or how about Paul, a very shy child, self-conscious about his inability to speak. He was embarrassed and didn’t want to talk because he knew he couldn’t be understood. Paul had Apraxia and was admitted to a RiteCare Childhood Language Center for intensive treatment. It provided him with life-changing independence – he doesn’t have to use his mother as an interpreter anymore – he can confidently communicate on his own!
And the latest touching story about Julia, who had trouble making sounds correctly, and couldn’t be understood! Embarrassed, she would just point in answer to questions. Julia often felt isolated and was very self-conscious. However, after being treated at the RiteCare Childhood Language Center, her mother states, “Julia is assertive now; she is a confident talker and even performed in a musical where she sang, danced, and had a speaking part!”
Clearly, your support is a gift that empowers these children to make friends, succeed in school, and become contributing members of society!
This month we ask that you continue to have a BIG Heart by continuing to make a difference throughout the year! The need for speech, language, and literacy therapy by certified Speech/Language Pathologists continues to grow and children are counting on you to help! There are many opportunities to continue your support in affordable ways – whether it’s through a one-time annual gift, smaller monthly recurring gifts, or even multiplying your gift by giving through your employer if they have a Matching Gift Program. Giving is easy!
Big hearts give big! To impact your local community at a greater scale, check out the wonderful events (listed under the “Events” menu) in support of a local RiteCare Childhood Language Center, or click on the DONATE button and give to make a difference locally! Because of the difference you’ll make in a child’s life, it’s the gift that changes lives… Like a ripple effect, it changes the world! It’s the Gift that Keeps on Giving!
We are forever grateful for your ongoing support and consideration to help create miracles!
Chairman of the Board