Reach Inc. to celebrate 30th anniversary

Posted: Friday, September 19, 2008

REACH Inc. is celebrating its 30th anniversary from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at its offices at 213 Third St. The community is invited to join us for refreshments and tours. A short program at 5 p.m. will give a glimpse of REACH's history and a snapshot of where it is headed in the future.

Thirty years ago, REACH Inc. was born out of a dream of local families who wanted to organize activities for their children with disabilities. From REACH's beginning in the basement of the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Juneau to its current location on Third Street the mission of REACH has remained the same: To promote choice and well-being for people with disabilities.

We provide these services utilizing over 200 employees who come to work each day with the desire to make a difference in the lives or REACH's clients, the client's families and the community.

Services include the following:

• Infant learning and therapy for "at risk" children and their families.

• Advocacy, technical assistance and case management support to individuals seeking developmental disability services and those who are already eligible and on the wait-list for services.

• Support services to children and adults in their own homes, in their families' homes, on the job and in the community.

• 24-hour respite as needed; supported residential living skills, training and vocational placement;

• Employment services through REACH Custodial and REACH Shredding.

• REACH operates and serves residents of three Assisted Living Homes round-the-clock. (this year REACH was awarded a major grant fro the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development for the development of our fourth assisted living home)

• The Canvas Community Art Studio and Gallery at REACH provides community outreach and day habilitation as well as serving everyone in the community interested in arts with year round programs that include classes in the visual, literary, ceramic and musical arts for all skill levels.

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