On behalf of the RCL Board of Directors, I would like to welcome you to our 22nd annual, but 1st ever Virtual Gala! During this unique and challenging time the world is faced with, we first want to wish you good health as we hope you are all well and staying safe. We also want to thank you for still being here to support us through such trying times. As you can imagine, the global pandemic has hit non-profits such as RCL in our ability to fundraise as our in-person Gala has historically been our largest source of funds for the great work we do helping developmentally disabled adults to live independently.
That said, we’re hoping with your help to prove that the in-person aspect isn’t what’s made those past events such a success so we are truly honored to be celebrating our 22nd Gala Event with you!
To those of you attending your first RCL gala, thank you so much for joining us as well.
For those of you who have attended past galas, thank you for your continued support. Your generosity has had such a positive impact on the lives of our clients and our community.
In addition, I would also like to take the opportunity to thank all the RCL volunteers. Without you, RCL would not be able to perform its mission. The gifts of your time and skills are essential for us to achieve our goals.
As you hopefully know by now, it is the mission of RCL to offer adults with developmental and/or physical disabilities opportunities to achieve greater self-esteem, dignity, and participation in all aspects of community life. We are able to do this by providing services designed to give adults with special needs the ability to live independently in their own communities. Our primary services include:
• Individualized instruction, by professionally trained staff members, for living skills designed to increase independence.
• Assistance to locate and lease or buy a home or apartment.
• Help with career assessment, job development, job placement, employment support and advocacy.
• Financial coaching to educate about the importance of saving, the wise use of credit, and ways to plan and provide for the future.
• Social activities that enable RCL participants to meet others and make new friends.
Finally, I would like to personally thank Fred Stupen, our staff, and the gala committee for their commitment and hard work throughout the year, especially as they dealt with having to first postpone and then shift this to a virtual event. Without all of you, this event would not be possible.
Thanks again, to all of you who help to give the gift of independent living!
Matthew J. Steward
President RCL Board of Directors