Thank you for supporting the festival and the services provided by the Holmes County Association for Handicapped Citizens.
Since the 1960's, the Association has changed their name several times but their support for services for people with disabilities has never wavered. In 1977, the first Spring Festival was started. Through raffles, donations, bake sales and games; parents raised $4,000.00. This year will be the 36th Spring Festival. There will still be a bake sale but there are also meals, a craft auction, a furniture auction, a quilt auction and a silent auction. Because of the ongoing support from the Holmes County community for the Spring Festival, the Association has been able to fund a wide variety of unique services to help people with disabilities and their families.
Respite care for families caring for a adult or child with a developmental disability. Families are asked to pay 25% of the cost, although there are procedures to waive this requirement in hardship situations. Deb Schafer coordinates respite and transportation requests.
Transportation assistance to help families access medical care, therapies and HCTC activities. Set mileage rate of $0.75/mile.
Special Olympics support including equipment, supplies, traveling expenses (meals/hotels), uniforms, etc.
Parent Programs are provided monthly including the Mothers Club, the Down's Syndrome Reunion, Spina Bifida Reunion, and others.
Parent Trainings by bringing in speakers about disabilities
Teacher/adult program grants. The Association provides $150.00 to each Teacher and adult program area to purchase supplies and materials.
KIDS committee has fund raisers throughout the year through the Association to support the purchase of specialized communication and adaptive equipment. At least one adult or child is helped with communication device each year. Some devices cost between $5,000.00 and $10,000.00.
Special Situations: The Association considers all requests for items and services to meet the special needs of individuals with handicapping conditions. Other funding sources must be accessed first.
Crisis support to individuals and families involved in Training Center services. Upon the passing of loved ones the Association sends flowers and/or a ham to the family. Up to $500.00 has been provided after a fire or to help defray funeral expenses.
Parent Resources -Library: Funding for new books and adaptive toys for the Special Needs Library, those can be borrowed from the library by Holmes County families.
Support for the Holmes CBDD Levy committee ($500.00 budgeted)
Business expenses of the Association: audit, supplies, etc. ($3,000.00 budgeted)
Festival expenses are part of that budget (food, tables, chairs, containers, etc.)
Community Support: Annual donation of noodles to Share-A-Christmas ($250.00)
HCTC Staff support: Staff recognition activities ($800.00 budgeted)
Specialized Equipment for school, adult program or individuals, as requested and approved. Requests approved: electric wheelchair, oximonitor, lifting equipment, standing devices, "SMART" boards for classrooms, I-Pad, etc. ($8,000.00 budgeted)
Ongoing Special Projects: Support for families with genetic/metabolic disorders through monthly visits by Dr. Wang of DDC Clinic and genetic testing ($6,667.00),
Support for the Windows of Hope Genetics Information Clinic ($5,000.00),
Support for the Crippled Children's Fund ($5,000.00),
Adult Therapy ($150.00/evaluation and therapy costs),
Anesthesiologist services in the dental clinic ($500.00-$800.00/child or adult)
New School Bus for the Training Center ($50,000.00)
Past Projects funded by the Association: Horse Shelter.. HCTC sign... Lynn Hope Building ... Pavilion, including 5 expansions ... Nature Trail ....
Everyone who helps with the festival is a volunteer and all auction items are donated.
Many blessing have accrued to our families
and the Training Center from the Spring Festival.
The trustees take their stewardship seriously and ensure dollars are well spent.
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