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Our friends Jeffrey, Brian, and Bob have a very special friendship. Jeffrey lived in Las Trampas’ dorms as a child. Later, he joined our Day Program and Supported Living Services (SLS), and Las Trampas suggested he become roommates with another SLS participant, Brian. They have now been roommates and best friends for over 40 years and are of great support to each other. Brian has difficulty communicating, and Jeffrey helps others understand Brian. Jeffrey has mobility challenges, and Brian helps him around their home. As Jeff puts it, “Brian’s my support,” – mentally and physically. They adore each other, their cat, Tabby, and the privacy and independence of having their own home.
Like many of us, Jeffrey and Brian don’t like change, so the consistent, decade-long relationship they’ve had with their caregiver, Bob, is very important to them. Jeffrey’s sister, Amy, describes Bob as, “part of the family.” Bob describes Jeff and Brian as “my brothers.” When they were younger, Bob took them to music festivals, and as Jeffrey and Brian age, Bob has become an important advocate for them. Earlier this year, Jeffrey collapsed. Bob told Amy, “I will not let the hospital discharge him until they figure out what’s going on.” Because of Bob’s advocacy, Jeffrey received the critical attention he needed for his health.
Jeffrey had to spend two months in a nursing facility, and Brian asked every day when he was coming back. Despite his own challenges, Jeffrey was concerned about his friend, and repeatedly asked his sister to tell Brian that he was sorry for leaving and he would come back as soon as he could. Las Trampas staff have learned to support Jeff’s specialized care needs so that he could return home to Brian. As Amy puts it, “angels come along in Las Trampas staff. They are not certified nursing assistants, but they went the extra mile because they knew Jeff would die in a nursing home.”
Jeffrey and Brian were able to enjoy a tour of our new building last August. Jeffrey loved the accessibility features and looks forward returning to the day program when he has fully recuperated. Brian is still talking about how much he loved the quiet room with the dimmable lights and soft rocking seat.
This holiday season, we at Las Trampas have a lot to be thankful for. After a long, tough period of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, we were thrilled to return to full-time in-person Adult Day Programming in October. Our Residential and Supported/ Independent Living participants are venturing back into the community they love. We have an incredible new state-of-the-art facility. But most of all, we’re thankful for enduring friendships, built here at Las Trampas.
We are so grateful for our outstanding new facility, but it is meaningless without our participants, staff, art and cooking supplies, electricity, interactive technology, books, games, PPE, new curriculums, and more! In order to make sure we can continue to provide gold-standard services for our participants, we have set an ambitious goal to raise $135,000 this holiday season.
Your support for Las Trampas creates opportunities for companionship and life-long friendships like the one Jeffrey, Brian, and Bob share. You can help Las Trampas support our friends and neighbors with disabilities by making—and doubling!—your gift today.
Low government reimbursement rates make it difficult to offer competitive wages so we can attract dedicated staff like Bob. We need more people with Bob’s passion and dedication so we can reduce our extensive participant waitlist, which includes Brian for our Day Program. Because of the generosity of people like you, we have been able to modestly increase salaries and offer new starting wages to incoming applicants. It’s starting to make a difference, but we need your help to continue to attract top notch staff, like Bob, who will become consistent pillars in our participants’ lives.
We still need your support to go the extra mile to ensure that Jeffrey and Brian receive the increased services they need as they age to lead self-directed lives in a home of their own.
Will you make a gift to Las Trampas that is significant to you today? Your contribution will be doubled and will make possible the technology, staffing, PPE, art and cooking supplies, new curriculums, and more that are essential to making our programs a place of learning, friendship, and stability. As always, thank you for your support.
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P.S. Your gift supports people in our community with intellectual and developmental disabilities learn skills, form friendships, and embrace possibilities. Please give as generously as you can. Your contribution will be put to good use immediately!
If you are interested in setting up your own crowdfunding page, please find instructions to do so HERE.