CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER MESSAGE
Dear Family and Friends:
The cover photo of this year's Annual Report does a great job of conveying the spirit of Villa Esperanza Services. It's a picture that could have been taken at any school. The fact that it was taken at Villa's school is what makes it so special. What we do is all about the individuals we serve: giving them the tools, the support and the opportunities to live happy and fulfilling lives, regardless of their disabilities. It takes a dedicated team to make this happen: from everyone who works at Villa, our Board and to all our volunteers and donors who come together in the spirit of providing love, care and hope for our children, adults and seniors as well as their families. Thanks to all of you, the past two years have been full of growth and accomplishment.
Our advocacy efforts to increase financial support for Developmental Disabilities services continue to be a priority until the state budget provides adequate funding for Villa and all of the service providers throughout the state. So far, this advocacy campaign has resulted in the reinstatement of funding for early intervention services. This means that Villa's Speech and Occupational Therapy Clinics will be able to serve more infants and toddlers. We have also begun taking private health insurance for speech services and will extend this to occupational therapy as we continue to open our doors to more individuals who need services. These advances also provide new sources of income.
We have remained fluid in our approach to meet the changing needs of those we serve. At our school, 60% of our students are now in the 15-22 year old range, requiring the addition of a 5th high school classroom. At the same time, many students who have completed their education are moving into our Adult Programs. The new location for the Dimensions Day Program, purchased through our capital campaign fund, is nearing completion of renovations to accomodate the specialized needs of a broader range of clients. Our Chester House residential home has been re-licensed to accomodate our ladies of advancing age who will require a higher level of care in the future and we are initiating the same process for one of our men's homes.
Villa received a three year renewal of our CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accreditation. CARF accreditation is required to operate our employment services programs. Additionally, the Villa Esperanza School received a three year certification from the California Department of Education. Both of these accomplishments reflect the overall quality and credibility of our organization.
Our Capital Campaign Hope Moves Forward continues to gain momentum as we have secured over $6.73 million and $380,000 pending to total $7.1 million of the $9 million needed to fund the first phase of this project which will provide new and expanded facilities. We are extremely grateful to all of the donors who support this campaign as well as those who donate to our general operating fund. Your generoisty enables Villa to continue to provide outstanding programs that make a profoud difference in the lives of those we serve.
Kelly White, MA, LMFT