September 27th was originally scheduled to be the date of our 3rd Annual Walk. With great sadness but with a sense of caution and concern for everyone’s welfare we cancelled the Walk last spring when everything about the pandemic was new and uncertain. Looking outdoors and seeing the beautiful weather today and projected for the weekend, I know I will be missing waking early Sunday to spend time with so many Benhaven supporters. The Walk has become the annual event we all look forward to seeing friends and being together. We can’t wait to meet again next fall.

We decided to sponsor annual walks to help us fundraise. Your donations have been essential for us to provide needed enhancements for our individuals and programs. The Academy bought harps last year and smart boards; at the School we have added a Climbing Wall and IPADs; our group homes bought patio furniture for individuals to enjoy the greater time spent at home; IFS has helped people purchase gym memberships and sponsored family social events (pre-COVID); and the Children’s Behavioral Supports added IPADs as did the Transition Program. And individuals in a few of our program enjoyed yoga, music and art classes.  All made possible by the generosity of our Benhaven community.

In part, we cancelled this year’s walk because we didn’t want anyone to feel obligated to donnate at a time when there was so much financial uncertainty. But we also know we have many supporters, some of whom have already made a donation in lieu of the 2020 Benhaven Walk. If you count yourself in this group, we will be very grateful to accept your donation. As a thank you, we are getting our first ever Benhaven socks designed by John’s Crazy Socks, a small business run by an individual with a disability. If you are able to make a donation of $50 or more we will send you a pair of these great socks by the end of October. Check out the website in early October to see a picture of the Benhaven Sock.

If you wish to donate, click here 

Thank you. We hope you enjoy this weekend, get out and walk Sunday and think of Benhaven 

Kathryn du Pree
Executive Director

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