2017 All Stars for Autism Donations

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Our friends Ed and Steven Tourje from Uniondale, PA, long time VCRA/Greatrace racers,  were kind enough to represent VCRA for the presentation of a donation of $45,000 to The Vista School. The donation will be used to purchase a slightly used van and soundproof classroom dividers. This program enables students with autism to get into the community for job training and employment, as well as create quit spaces within classrooms. Pictured l to r, Ed Tourje, Kristine Yurich, chief clinical officer, Steven Tourje,  Candis Chubb, director of education, and Michael Jarmin, founder.  www.thevistaschool.org

ASD HOPE, Inc  -  THE WOODLANDS, TX  $29,009

Cary Mollinedo, ASD Hope founder, visited VCRA headquarters in Grove, OK to receive a donation check in the amount of $29,009 that will fully fund a complete classroom with all electronic and sensory equipment to make it possible for a much needed expansion of the program. They will now be able to expand and accept new students. Pictured l to r, Shawn McNeeley, VCRA staff, Rex Gardner, VCRA Founder / Director, Cary Mollinedo, ASD Hope, and Judy Gardner, VCRA staff.  www.asdhope.com


Founded in 2005, the Bridgeway Academy is a full-day private school that follows the traditional academic-year calendar. Currently it serves 180 students from 9 counties and 28 school districts. This donation will fully fund a mobile technology lab to be utilized in the Secondary School and Therapy Center and to compliment Bridgeway Academy’s transition services and Vocational Skills program. In simple terms, it will instruct kids to cope with every day life, and learn skills necessary to perhaps be employable in the future.    www.bridgewayohio.org


Giant Steps was selected because of their new Student Vocational Program. They provide an integrated program of therapeutic, educational and one-on-one support to school-aged children with autism. Giant Steps wants students to gain employment and become self-sufficient once they graduate and leave the classrooms. The VCRA donation will fully fund a variety of items to equip the Vocation Lab/Classroom, Sensory Equipment for the Vocation Lab and for a Chromebook (laptop by Google) and a Smartboard. Pictured from Left to Right Giant Steps Board Member, Michael Godsy; Betty Berger, Giant Steps Director; Rex Gardner, chairman of Vintage Car Rally Association from Sun, Oklahoma; Giant Steps student and artist: Ethan Wickenhauser; Judy Gardner, and Giant Steps Board President, Robert Wallace   www.giantstepsstl.org


PTI has grown to 51 students, and finally moved to a new facility. While that is great news, the need for equipment to fill the needs for the additional enrollment became a very real issue. VCRA is pleased to be able to fill that void, and present PTI with a check for $10,850 that will fully fund the purchase of 8 new computers, 2 new projectors, 10  i-pads and all the necessary software to make it all work again.  www.pathstoindependence.org


The Lionheart School has a program called the WORKS program. In the past year this program has doubled in size. Why? It is a vocational education program that provides individuals, 18 and older, with customized work experiences while teaching basic employment skills. The curriculum is designed to teach independence and communication; matching educational strengths with work-related activities. This donation will outfit one complete classroom with the technology needed to make the program progress. This type program is high on the priority list for VCRA support.   www.thelionheartschool.com


FACT has been a partner with VCRA for several years. Their mission is to provide social and recreational programs specifically for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. They now serve more than 400 individuals, and one key factor is they focus on our veterans families that have children with autism. Our donation will secure another year of social programs for those in need.   www.camp4autism.org