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About the RiteCare Childhood Language Centers of California

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.

Our Mission

We serve children with speech, language and literacy disorders by providing the opportunity for free, life-changing therapy to improve their communication skills.

Our Vision

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.

Frank Loui, Chairman of the Board

Frank Loui

Chairman’s Message – March 2020

Nothing is more touching than hearing first-hand exactly how your support changed a child’s life! We learn about these life-changing stories every day from the 14 RiteCare Childhood Language Centers of California. The free therapy we provide to children is only made possible because of the generosity from supporters like you! Don’t forget, the Foundation and RiteCare Childhood Language Centers are totally reliant on philanthropy–we receive no state or federal funding.

The National Center for Learning Disabilities and a Kids Count Special Report indicate that one in five children have learning disabilities requiring intervention. And if these children are not reading at grade level before completing the third grade, they are four times more likely to drop out of high school. Early intervention is critical to mitigating long-term social, emotional, and academic challenges. Your support keeps kids on track so they can be successful academically and in life! That’s how you are making a difference!

But in today’s volatile markets, how can you justify supporting your favorite charity, when there is little confidence that your nest egg won’t be quickly depleted? Are you aware that you can plan for your future, and your family’s future, as well as provide for charitable giving simultaneously?  The Foundation can now offer Charitable Gift Annuities, which can provide you with reliable monthly income during your life and will benefit the Foundation or RiteCare Childhood Language Center thereafter!

Through proper planning, the legacy you choose to leave can make an impactful difference to a child with a speech, language or literacy disorder and provide for you and your family in the meantime. Please contact Lynne Elwan, Chief Philanthropy Officer at (714) 547-7325 to discuss ways in which you can reduce your estate taxes and increase monthly income while still providing for your family.

In the meantime, here is some brief information on other planned giving options available:

  • Living Trust – allows you to add or remove property at any time. Trust income is taxable to you.
  • IRA, 401(k), or Other Retirement Plan – can be transferred to a person or charity after you pass away through naming of beneficiary(ies).
  • Life Insurance Policy – the policy will provide a payout to the policy beneficiaries after the insured person passes away. A portion can be designated to the Foundation or a RiteCare Childhood Language Center.
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts – This is an excellent way to benefit your spouse or other family members and provide financial support to your favorite charitable cause. You will receive a charitable income tax deduction and trust income payouts.
  • Charitable Gift Annuities – You make a gift to the Foundation or RiteCare Childhood Language Center in exchange for fixed payments for life. This provides you with a charitable income tax deduction and partial tax-free income.

There are so many children across the state in need of therapy from certified speech-language pathologists, and they need your help today! Please make a one-time gift, or an affordable monthly donation through our Sustainers’ Guild, or include us in your estate plans where your legacy will live on! Every gift changes lives! Thank you for making a difference today!

Frank Loui
Chairman of the Board