For Special Needs Infants, Toddlers and their Families.
March 24, 2015 – (New City, NY) Jawonio, the premiere provider of lifespan health care services located in New City, New York has launched a second cause campaign in support of its youngest and most vulnerable children, ages birth to three years of age and their families.
Jawonio completed the first phase of its early intervention fundraising campaign in January 2015, raising more than $107,000 in charitable contributions over a two and a half month period.
Early Intervention services at Jawonio have not received a rate increase in New York State in more than twenty years; therefore, the program operates at a deficit each and every year. If we don’t help children in their earliest years, what will happen to them later in life?
Jawonio kicks off its second campaign on March 24, 2015. Donors may also raise funds on behalf of Jawonio or create fundraising teams using their social media networks.
Brandon Kline is one of the thousands of children who have come through the doors of our Infant Development program. Now seventeen, he is an honors student at Pearl River High School, in Orangetown, NY. Brandon has been with Jawonio since he was a toddler. He is a graduate of the Jawonio Special Education Pre-School and for the past twelve years has been a student in our Jawonio Summer Education Program. You can read Brandon’s story at www.jawonio.org/kidz.
Brandon was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and his parents, Margaret and Greg Kline, credit Jerry Staller, his physical therapist and Jawonio Education and Clinical Director, with his success.
“The reason Brandon is walking today is because of Early Intervention at Jawonio. Brandon has blossomed into a bright, hard-working young man. Jerry gave us the guidance to seek out early intervention, directed us to the right people and walked with us every step of the way,” said Margaret and Greg Kline.
The Kline Family will be the 2015 honorees at the 8th Annual Jawonio Kidz Express fundraiser benefitting Early Intervention Services. The event takes place on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at the Paramount Country Club in New City, New York. Tickets are $45.00 per person, and there will be a 100 prize Tricky Tray, featuring sports, travel, wellness, beauty and food baskets as well as a trip to NYC offered as a raffle prize.
Jawonio Early Intervention offers physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy as well as psychology services and developmental groups. Home and site-based services including private-pay options are also available.
Joan Maurer, Director of the Infant Development Program says, “Early Intervention is about the child and the family. When a family comes to us wondering what will happen to their child, we give them hope in the darkest of times. We always tell families that they are the most important person in a child’s life, and whatever their disability or need, we will work together to make sure their child has the best possible future.”
Jawonio is a provider of EI services in Rockland County under the direction of the NYS Department of Health. To find out more about Jawonio Early Intervention, please contact Joan Maurer, Program Director at 845.708.2000 x4315.
Please visit us at www.jawonio.org or call 845.708.2000 to find out how you can support the work of the Jawonio Foundation in support of children and adults and their families with special needs.
MEDIA CONTACT: Diana Hess, CCO, Jawonio Diana.hess@Jawonio.org Office: 845.708.2022 or mobile: 845.521.5352