Appreciation for the Christopher Dailey Foundation

October 21, 2020

The Christopher Dailey Foundation has sent us a grant in the amount of $2,000 to help us with our heightened technology needs for the school year.

Dealing with COVID-19 protocols has been challenging, and technology needs have been increased significantly. In addition to health and cleaning needs being increased, additions to our technology development project rapidly became an intensely critical need when school was forced to close in March. The closure demanded many changes to our services to students. Transitioning to remote service delivery was cumbersome, as we lacked essential pieces of equipment and functionality. Gradually, teamwork and resourcefulness won out and we made it through four months of remote services and reopened for in person Summer Session for our students with IEPs (Individualized Education Plans), and again for all of our students for Fall Session.

At this time, Crossroads is providing in person and remote services to our students. Our technology concerns are escalated for doing both. Providing services in person and providing services remotely will allow us to sustain safety in the home, and in the school as we go forward.  We are in dire need of several pieces to provide services using telehealth and other online platforms, and for in person services; we need to be prepared for any scenario going forward.

If you visit the Christopher Dailey Foundation’s website, you’ll learn that Maria and Mark Dailey are a truly special couple. The foundation they’ve created is in memory of their son, whom they lost a number of years ago. Turning their devastation into compassion and action to  help others, they’ve helped numerous organizations in our community. The foundation’s goal is to be lasting and living memory of Christopher, by serving the youth of the community.

Crossroads Center for Children’s mission is aligned with the vision of Christopher Dailey Foundation; this is the third grant they’ve generously provided to the school. In order to help us and other organizations serving children, the foundation raises funds through a Turkey Trot run which is held on Thanksgiving morning in Saratoga Springs, and a Golf tournament in May, which was cancelled this year due to COVID.

The costs of running a school committed to individualizing education as much as Crossroads is, are quite high. Employing exceptional employees, purchasing supplies and materials, and paying the rent in a leased space are ongoing expenses that most of us can associate with. While most people know that tuition papyments from school districts and counties make up a good amount of the revenue needed here, most people don’t realize that the rates that are set by the state are substantially lower than the actual costs of the services our children need to make gains. Donations and grants such as this one are so deeply appreciated. That’s why we are overjoyed to have the incredibly generous support of the Christopher Dailey Foundation.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you, Christopher Dailey Foundation!


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