Dear Friends, Colleagues, Advocates, and Supporters,
The weather has finally turned colder, we’ve seen a couple dustings of snow lately, and as we move through the holiday season, we here at Family Voices Colorado are counting our blessings:
First, thank you to all who donated on Colorado Gives Day! Our individual giving increased by 18% over last year, and we are grateful for the support. Your gift makes it possible for us to continue providing services to families and professionals free of charge. There is still time to make a tax-deductible contribution before the end of the year; just visit http://givingfirst.org/familyvoicesco and click on Donate Now.
Second, we have come through a year of change and transition that was challenging at times, but has positioned Family Voices well to continue to grow and evolve in the future. We have plans for new programs and services, including some funding possibilities, that we are very excited about. As soon as those are a little more settled, I look forward to sharing more information with you.
Over the last couple months, we have worked with The Colorado Health Foundation to reach out to different media about the Medicaid Buy-In for Children with Disabilities, resulting in a TV interview in Grand Junction and an article in the Denver Post. We are very pleased to have our work with families highlighted, as well as raising public awareness of the new Buy-In program as one of many ways that Medicaid helps support families in our state.
Last week’s tragic news from Connecticut continues to weigh heavy on my heart. I hope this holiday season brings you peace and joy even in difficult times, and know that whatever you are going through, you are not alone. Although our office will be closed December 22 – January 1 so staff can enjoy time with their families, we are checking voicemail each day in case of urgent messages. If we can help you access resources, navigate systems, or advocate for a child with special health care needs in your life, please let us know.
Happy Holidays, and best wishes for the New Year!
Tom Rose, Executive Director
Read our full December newsletter.