Developmental Pathways Raises over $140,000 for Children with Developmental Disabilities or Delays in Arapahoe and Douglas Counties
Englewood, CO - By Tara Foristal, Associate Director of Communications, Developmental Pathways
Developmental Pathways hosted the 12th Annual Pathways Client Achievement Awards on May 2, 2015 at the Denver Tech Center Marriott.
This highly anticipated event celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of individuals with intellectual/ developmental disabilities and delays and their families alike. Nine-time Emmy award winner Cheryl Preheim served as the talented emcee for the evening, and Carol Meredith, the Executive Director for The Arc of Arapahoe & Douglas, was celebrated as the evening’s Honorary Chair. Carol works primarily to achieve equal rights and social justice for people with disabilities through systems advocacy at state and federal legislatures, county departments, and statewide public policy efforts.
All funds raised throughout the evening are for the Developmental Pathways 3+ Initiative. This initiative provides additional support and services to children with intellectual/developmental disabilities or developmental delays when they transition out of Early Intervention Services. This support is critical during these developmental years.
The evening’s festivities featured guest speaker Senator Mike Coffman, Adam Kevil, a 20-year professional Benefit Auctioneer in the Denver area, and the remarkably talented Wellspring Wonders Choir. The Wonders Choir is just one part of Wellspring Communities. Wellspring is a safe place in Douglas County for individuals with intellectual disabilities to engage in various activities throughout the week. Mary Lou Fenton, Executive Director of Wellspring Community, alongside her husband Bob and Daughter Emily, also received The 2015 Frances Owens Family Involvement Award. Additional 2015 award winners included:
About Developmental Pathways and The SUN Foundation
Developmental Pathways is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency created to serve persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and developmental delays and their families. Developmental Pathways has developed a broad array of services based on the principle that full inclusion and participation in community life is attainable for every individual with a developmental disability. We are one of Colorado's Community Centered Boards providing individuals access to state and federal funding in Arapahoe and Douglas County and the city of Aurora. For over 50 years, this has been the fastest growing area in the State of Colorado.
State and federal funding only sustains a portion of families caring for a loved one with an intellectual disability or developmental delay in this area of Colorado. Thousands of individuals and families in our community still receive little to no support. The SUN Foundation, a supporting organization for Developmental Pathways, is dedicated to "Serving the Unmet Needs" in our community. The foundation aims to provide long-term solutions these individuals and families needing support now.
About the 3+ Initiative
Each year, over 1,500 children with intellectual/developmental disabilities or developmental delays transition out of Early Intervention Services. These services, which include home-based physical, occupational, and speech therapies are essential to the continuous growth and development of the child; they also provide educational support to the family.
Therapies are subsequently made available in public preschools for those who qualify, but many children in need of ongoing assistance will not qualify. For a child with significant developmental, behavioral, and/or medical needs, this can be an incredibly difficult change. Providing additional support and services in these critical developmental years is known to have a dramatically positive effect on the child’s future.
To learn more about Developmental Pathways visit www.dpcolo.org.
To donate to the SUN Foundation, the supporting foundation for Developmental Pathways, please visit www.suncolo.org.