Helping Restore Ability has been serving the North Texas region for 41 years. As a long time participant in North Texas Giving Day, we understand the benefit of a single day on which North Texans engage and support each other. It is this same culture of giving that is seen in the attendants that serve our disabled clients every day. Helping Restore Ability provides in-home attendant care to individuals with disabilities, which allows these individuals to live in their own homes, attend school or work, and be active participants in their own communities.
Ashlei Marshall, mother of Tyler Marshall explains, “When you have someone in your household that has special needs, his mood dictates how the whole household runs. It has been such a blessing to have Helping Restore Ability work with me to find someone I’m comfortable with helping take care of my son.” Tyler requires constant blood pressure monitoring, catherization, and 17 timed medications daily. Helping Restore Ability provides Ashlei the support she needs to care for her son, who wasn’t expected to make it past birth. Each of HRA’s clients have their own unique story to tell. Clients range from those born with special needs such as Down Syndrome to those who experience a traumatic injury through accident or illness such as a spinal cord break to those who may develop a need later in life such as Alzheimer’s disease.
- Tyler Marshall, who was not supported to survive birth. However, with the help of his attendant Brandi Simmons, he continues to thrive.
- Five-year old Evan Hinjosa, who was born with Trisomy 3 at birth which is a rare chromosomal disorder in which a portion of the third chromosome appears thee times rather than twice in cells of the body.
With over 250,000 individuals with disabilities on state waiting lists to receive services, Helping Restore Ability yearns to meet these needs. 98% of Helping Restore Ability’s clients are Medicaid eligible, which means that their attendant care is reimbursable by the state. Without in-home attendant care, many of these individuals would need to receive institutional care, at an estimated cost of $80,000 per year. The average client’s in-home services through Helping Restore Ability, however, cost approximately $26,000 per year, resulting in a savings to tax payers of $54,000 per year per client.
It is undeniable that these services help to save the tax payers money but also provide for a greater quality of life. Helping Restore Ability must raise $1,000 to enroll each new client. Once enrolled, all services are provided and paid for through Medicaid. The valuable contributions provided during North Texas Giving Day literally allow Helping Restore Ability to enroll clients and provide them the support they need throughout the rest of their lives!
By Lauren Patrick, Helping Restore Ability development and marketing director
* Photo provided by Helping Restore Ability
In nine years, Communities Foundation of Texas‘ North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $195 million into the North Texas community. In 2017, $39 million was raised through more than 118,000 gifts benefiting over 2,000 nonprofits.
On Thursday, September 20, support Helping Restore Ability by linking here and spreading the word. #NTxGivingDay