Help send a CORE resident to camp

Posted on: March 20th, 2012 by CORE Health Care Admin No Comments

At CORE Health Care, we provide post-acute rehabilitation and long-term care for adults with brain injuries, psychiatric disorders and other special needs.  Along with a team of other therapists, we help our clients to reach their goals of improving their independence.

Girl swimming at campEach summer CORE Health Care sends a group on a fun filled weekend to Camp For All for three exciting three days and two nights of everything from horseback riding and dancing to rock wall climbing and zip lining.  When I went last year, I saw the difference this one weekend made, giving the campers a sense of accomplishment when they climbed a wall or making lasting connections with people with similar conditions.

This year, we may be forced to turn away a large percentage of our clients because of a lack of funds.  Camp costs $240 per person for the weekend.  This includes transportation, meals, caregivers and camp activities.  Our goal is to raise $10,000 by April 3.  Any amount that you are willing to donate is greatly appreciated.

Our non-for-profit arm, the CORE Health Foundation, has a mission of removing barriers for individuals with disabilities.  Sending people to camp to participate in life-changing experiences meets this mission. If you or your business are interested in donating to our camp drive, the funds are used solely to benefit our clients and are tax deductible.

Donations can be made through the CORE Health Foundation website; specify “camp” for the donation.

But don’t take just my word for the transformative power of camp. Read what a first-time attendee said after last year:

I had the honor of being part of the group of residents and staff members who attended Higher Ground Camp at Camp For All in Burton, Texas the weekend of April 29. I can’t begin to explain how much fun I had and how inspired I was by our residents.

Our residents participated in an Olympic competition on Friday evening. On Saturday, there was horseback riding, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, paint ball (yes, paint ball!), rock wall climbing and zip line.

Everyone enjoyed all of the activities but the most challenging (and rewarding) was the rock wall and zip line adventure. Some of the residents were hoisted up to the zip line but some of them decided to climb the rock wall up to the platform. If a resident had a hard time climbing the wall, camp staff members would be right beside them giving them encouragement and a helping hand. Everyone, residents and staff members, were constantly shouting encouragement to the resident who was climbing or zipping. Big cheers went up when someone made it to the platform. I believe the rock wall and zip line were a symbol of what our residents have had to overcome since their injuries. It took a lot of hard work to get up the rock wall and a tremendous amount of courage to push off that platform. But they did it and were so proud of their accomplishments. Camp ended with a dance on Saturday night. It was a chance for everyone to let loose and dance the night away. It was a great way to end the day!

Since I don’t work on the units, I don’t always get to meet the residents. Camp gave me the opportunity to get to know some of our residents and learn more about them, their goals for rehabilitation, and all that they hope to accomplish when they finish their rehab at CORE. It also gave me the opportunity to see first hand what a dedicated and caring staff we have. I am proud to work for this incredible organization!  Can’t wait for camp next year!

Sherry Straube, CORE Business Office

All of us at CORE Health and the Foundation thank you for your support!

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