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Sunday
Nov082015

Artistry 2015 a SUCCESS!

 

“RES Success’s 16th Annual Artistry for Autism was one of our most successful events, raising nearly $30,000.00 for client programming. Thank you to all the families and friends for your generous support and thank you to all the volunteers that make this event happen!” -Ian Bremner, Founder RES Success

Monday
Oct122015

Ringing the Rally Bell- A letter to RES family & friends

Dear Friends,

 It was much like how I feel now, it was last November that I wrote Ian Bremner, founder and CEO of RES Success, asking what more I could do to help. It was just after the elections, and while I can’t remember who had lost or what had happened, it made me feel a certain way.... I need to do more to voice concerns, educate folks and ring the rally bell. 

My name is Amy Brading and I am on the RES Board of Directors. The board and I marvel at what Ian and the rest of his staff do each and every day to service their clients, your kids.  They are truly remarkable.

What you might not know about me is that I am not just part of the RES community by sitting on the board, but I too am a parent of an almost 19 year old daughter with cognitive disabilities. What frightens me the most about her future is the future of programs like RES.  While RES is healthy, many programs throughout the state are not, placing an increasing and unsustainable stress on programs like RES. I am worried that there won't be anything left by the time my daughter reaches the age when she will largely depend on programs like RES, to live the most independent and fulfilled life she possibly can. 

 I am writing this letter not so much as a board member, but as a Mom. I think together, we can do more to serve programs like RES, our kids and ourselves. I see it in three parts -

1.  Continue to advocate, solicit and rally. We can write letters, emails, make phone calls, visit the state Capitol. I know many of you have been doing this when Gov. Brown didn't follow through on his promise with the 10% increase in his May revised budget. We can't take our foot off the pedal now. Don't under estimate your voice or the influence you have to get friends and family to do the same. I want to provide you with information, calls to action… I want to ring the rally bell... whatever it takes to keep the pressure on for funding our kids.

2. I want to come up with a parents/guardian club of sorts that helps support RES specifically. While we need not worry about the day to day operations of Ian and his superb staff, there is much behind the scenes that we can help with. For instance, the Artistry for Autism Auction.  We need help with organizing,  planning and donations, etc. You may not know this, but RES staff makes this happen every year. This, on top of their daily responsibilities and commitments.  All, for your kids. We all need to help!

3. I want propose setting up a support group...a social group. This can be a group that focuses on fellowship, a place to share resources, ideas....maybe a glass of wine. What I have learned over the years as my husband and I have navigated through the school system and have met so many wonderful parents, we are a pretty cool group of people.  We all have something in common that many don't understand. I have found that we are often like minded, our priorities similar, our outlook on life is just a little different.

 I hope I have you all nodding your heads, saying "Yea, now what?" We need to get started. Here are five simple steps:

First and foremost:  Give us a good email address.  If you have received this by email, confirm this is where you would like to receive more information. If you would rather receive information through the mail, we can do this, but thinking about both money and the environment, we would prefer email.

Second: Get involved in a gathering.  Once we hear some of your feedback we will be scheduling a meet-up. Here, we can take this further and start forming what we want this to look like. E-mail me with any thoughts or ideas that you have. I want this to be your group. Get involved- a lot or a little, it is up to you. It will be a no guilt group.  Contact me at:  amykatebrading@gmail.com.

Third:  Go onto Facebook and “like” RES Success, or click here:  www.facebook.com/ressuccess  

Forth:  If you would like to help with the Artistry for Autism Auction (our annual fundraiser), please let us know!  We will need to know prior to the November 8, 2015 event. 

If you have any questions, email or call me at amykatebrading@gmail.com or 510/813-3939.

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our Artistry for Autism event in a few weeks!

Until then, take care.

 

Amy Brading

RES Board Member and a Mom

 

 

 

 

Saturday
Oct102015

Mark your calendars! Upcoming Annual Fundraiser 

RES Success is proud to announce our 16th annual Artistry for Autism event to be held on Sunday November 8th. You are cordially invited to join us! 

When: Sunday November 8, 2015

Where: 490 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hilli, CA 94523

Time: 2:00pm- 5:00pm 

The fundraiser is a "Going Green" event benefiting RES SUCCESS. All proceeds for the event will be going towards programs, providing adults with Developmental Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders an enriched environment in which they can become successful in academic, social, vocational, and interpersonal pursuits.

Sip on cocktails and appetizers while listening to live music and bidding on our silent auction! The event will be held at the RES Success Pleasant Hill program at 490 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523!

And it’s free to attend! For more information & purchase of raffle tickets, contact RES (925) 229-8228. You can also purchase raffle tickets in person at RES via cash or check or by mail via check to: 704 Main Street, Martinez, CA, or at the door the day of the event!

Hope to see you all there!

 


Wednesday
Sep092015

Check out our recent CC Times article!

A MUST read today! Inspiring, uplifting, cultivating and most importantly, the reason why we here at RES Success do what we do. A great local article about one of our participants and his journey with us! Click now to read!

http://www.contracostatimes.com/pleasant-hill/ci_28666412/res-different-approach-makes-difference

Thursday
Jul092015

President's Volunteer Awarded to participant

It is with great honor that we congratulate RES participant Chris, who received a very honorable award from the President of the United States! Chris was awarded with the President's Volunteer Service award for his hard work and devotion to service at the Hercules Library! Congratulations Chris!