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Dear friend,

Imagine being a parent and living with the knowledge that you cannot keep your child safe. The constant worry, the sleepless nights. The anxiety of always being on alert.

Your gift today will provide a refuge for a family in crisis and lift a huge weight off the shoulders of those that need it most.

With a voice thick with emotion, Kim, Ben’s mother, speaks about the difference the stabilization unit at St.Amant made for her family. Her son Ben was hurting himself and, at 24, found himself hospitalized with self-inflicted bleeding around his brain. This injury led to a hospital stay that lasted more than nine months.

This extraordinary length of stay was not medically-needed, but rather caused by a lack of alternative living space that could ensure his safety.

She remembers: “I reached out to everyone. I turned over every stone.” This search eventually led her to St.Amant and she is so grateful. “I never thought I would ever have a peaceful night’s sleep, but the support we now receive has given me such peace of mind.”

The stress of being on the edge of a crisis situation takes its toll; on body, mind and soul. Adding to this heavy burden is the lack of support for families that find themselves at this tipping point. Your donation today will provide a family with the help they need.

Our community has come to rely on St.Amant to offer a stabilization service that pulls in all the specialists who have extensive experience supporting people with developmental disabilities in challenging situations.

One of the keys to success in stabilization is a safe and dignified environment. The current space has been cobbled together out of necessity without the much-needed redevelopment. Your gift can help make this happen.

Mom Tracey also speaks about the peace of mind that came once her son Trey was admitted to the stabilization unit after months of failed alternatives.

She recalls the 911 calls she had to make, the terror of not knowing where he was when he would bolt, and the constant sense of unease that hung over the family. Even when things were calm, no one could predict when things would get out of control again.

“He’s thriving now.” Tracey says with a smile. “He has a routine, he participates in activities. I don’t know what we would have done without this support. I am sure he wouldn’t have survived.”

The renovations required to provide safe, comfortable, quality care were slated to begin this fall, but the COVID-19 pandemic shifted funding elsewhere. The cancellation of several fundraising events has also led to budget shortfalls. Your generosity today will provide the funds needed.

Without this service, the people that need this support often wind up in emergency rooms or jails and police lock ups and their families remain in crisis.

It is an ambitious project, and I am counting on your generosity. These families deserve the support and our entire community will benefit when they receive it. 

You can help ensure that families aren’t left alone and afraid. Your gift today will provide a safe space for a family to access the stabilization support needed so their loved one can return home.

Donate now and support this worthy project.

With my gratitude,

Juliette Mucha

P.S. Please give today and help a family in crisis. CLICK HERE to donate.


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