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Keeping families safe

Sending thanks and a $500 donation from the Community Help Fund of Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union and First West Foundation to our friends at Reach Child and Youth Development Society to support the purchase of PPE supplies. Join us and donate today and help keep families safe.

Tell us about your charity and how the community can help your organization

Reach Child and Youth Development Society (REACH) is a value based non-profit organization that has been providing support services to children and youth with special needs and their families for over 60 years. In response to needs within our communities, REACH has developed a wide variety of programs and services over the years that serve Delta, Surrey and Langley.

In addition to children with autism, children from birth to nineteen years of age with an array of developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, learning and physical disabilities as well as behavioural and mental-health challenges all benefit from the range of support systems offered by REACH.

Each year over 1,200 children benefit from programs and services at Reach. Our family-centered, individualized and responsive approach means that families experience success and each child is given the opportunity to reach their potential.

At the onset of Covid-19, we very quickly had to alternatives to continue to support our REACH families. For parents with a child with special needs, these times are even more stressful and challenging so it is vital that we remain connected to offer them support and tools to manage day to day.

With our group and in-person therapy programs cancelled since the onset of COVID-19, we have been working hard to maintain virtual contact and services to carry on with therapy sessions, provide parents tools and materials, offer counselling and support to our vulnerable children and families as best as we can. Our goal is to assist with challenging behaviours and work with parents to develop strategies to continue their children's Individualized Education Therapy Plan (IEP) within their homes.

Additionally, Covid-19 has resulted in a dramatic increase in the the number of children and families who are in need of REACH Counselling services as as result of the added stressors and impact on mental health and well-being.

As we enter Phase two of the Covid re-start plan, we are having to purchase a lot of PPE to ensure the safety of all of our staff, children and families as we begin resume in-person services.

Our priority is to ensure that we have the necessary PPE and safety equipment in place to safely resume the programs that are most effectively done in-person such as out Autism therapies and Counselling. We are most grateful for any support the community can offer with PPE or donations for purchases.