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
It’s amazing how we are all coming together in support of one another while sheltering in place! How we respond to the effects of the COVID-19 Coronavirus is what will ultimately define us all.
Although it was a difficult decision to make, in an effort to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 to our clients, their families, staff, volunteers, and community members, we temporarily closed all RiteCare Childhood Language Centers for one-on-one and group therapy. Because we believe in always providing the highest quality treatment to the children we serve, we have begun providing cutting-edge speech, language and literacy therapy via teletherapy (one-on-one therapy provided through a live video connection). This will ensure that the majority of children continue stay connected and on-track and don’t fall further behind by receiving vitally needed services during these unpredictable times.
We are continually innovating ways for effective and efficient program implementation, especially during these challenging times. From weekly Story Time videos to teletherapy, the ingenuity of our professionals is truly amazing! Your generosity is what makes this possible; so, thank you for being a part of the California Scottish Rite Foundation family that is making a difference in so many ways!
And as families do, they help each other during times of crisis! And we need your help now, more than ever! We just launched our Keeping Kids Connected campaign with a goal of raising $30,000 by May 31st! Please help us ensure that the children, who need speech, language, and literacy services do not fall further behind; that college students continue to pursue their undergraduate or graduate degrees; and veterans who have served our country so selflessly can continue to receive services!
Remember – We do not receive any state or federal funding and are reliant on your support to continue providing these services free of charge. Every little bit helps and will make a big impact. Thank you so much for being a part of this amazing family and for helping to improve lives!
On behalf of the students, the veterans, and especially the children we serve, I wish you and yours continued good health and blessings!
Chairman of the Board