We Need Your Help! State Funding to TASC & California Service Providers for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities is in Jeopardy
Right now, is a critical time for TASC and all service providers in the state of California. In January, Governor Newsom released his proposed "California For All" budget. This first budget did not address the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities who depend upon community services for their safety, welfare and overall well-being.
This budget may not reflect "all" Californians and the one thing we ask your help with is letting Governor Newsom know that he must consider funding services for individuals with disabilities.
We need him to support legislation and pass budgets that include sustainable funding to the Department of Developmental Services. Specifically, we need him to include an eight percent, across-the-board rate increase to account for the rising cost of providing services over the last several years alone.
Since 2001, the cost of living in California has increased 44% and state minimum wage has increased 76% but, reimbursement rates for most services have remained nearly flat - with only one modest increase in 2016. The reimbursements for services that most community providers receive doesn’t even recognize mandatory minimum wage ordinances in many Southern California regions. Without this state funding, hundreds of service providers will be forced to close their doors.
TO TAKE ACTION: Go here for a templated letters to Governor Newsom that you can print and mail to him directly to show just how important these services are for you - whether you're a family member, a direct staff member, a client, or a friend that can't sit back and see these services cut. We need your voice!
TASC will also hold letter writing sessions on Tuesdays in the TASC Lounge starting Tuesday, March 12 at 3:30PM. We’ll help you with the letter and provide the envelope!
TASC Address: 16600 Sherman Way, Suite 240, Lake Balboa, CA 91406
Any social media activity you have toward this advocacy - share with the hashtag #KeepThePromise
February Movie Night: RECAP
From volunteers to attendees - everyone had a great time during the Movie Night Fundraiser hosted at Our Community School (OCS). Even though it was a chilly evening, the crowd was smiling from ear to ear. Proceeds from the event are split evenly with OCS. Thanks to generous donors and attendees, TASC brought in nearly $550.
A special thanks to Drawn2Art for sponsoring this event.
The next Movie Night Fundraiser is on Friday, May 3 at 6PM.
Reminder! Set Up Monthly Giving to TASC!
Help TASC plan for monthly program expenses for clients by setting up a reoccurring donation online. Just click here.
Donations to TASC cover fees such as client scholarships for education courses, gym memberships, local outings, employment readiness (business attire/grooming expenses), transportation costs and more.
Join us for the second Family TASC Force meeting on Tuesday, March 19 at 6PM within the TASC Lounge. This particular meeting will focus on successful aging for family members.
Dr. Donna Lane, TASC’s Supervising Psychologist will be discussing a healthy aging document created to speak for individuals when parents/guardians are no longer able to speak for them.
April Shemtov, Estate Planning Attorney from CunninghhamLegal will be discussing estate planning considerations for beneficiaries with special needs.
This meeting will also include resource sharing between family members, discussion of political advocacy, upcoming events, and an open forum to connect with one another and TASC.
For questions or to RSVP, please contact Christie Bacock: firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 708-1756
Claudia Fonseca, In-Home Services
Claudia is being recognized because she has been an instrumental part of Carolyn’s support. She has given Carolyn so much assistance and has been patient when others may have given up on her. Claudia never gives up. She is constantly by the client's side, she keeps me informed of any issues the client may be having and we brainstorm to come up with ideas on how to help her as a team. The client's family is extremely happy with Claudia, and they have it mentioned many times. - Lisa Calderon, In-Home Services Coordinator
March 19, 6:00PM
Location: TASC Office, Lounge Event: Family TASC Force
TASC is hosting the first Family TASC Force meeting of the year. There will be two speakers during this meeting to discuss successful aging for families and resources within the community.
May 3, 6:00PM
Location: Our Community School
(10045 Jumilla Ave, Chatsworth, CA 91311) Event: $5 Movie Night Fundraiser
This will be the third time TASC has partnered with OCS to bring family-friendly movies to the school (admission by suggested donation of $5). Purchase tickets here.
**If interested in learning more about any events, email Christie Bacock - email@example.com