Speech, language and literacy disorders can strike any child – with devastating outcomes. Many of these children struggle daily with the task of speaking, reading and writing. They become used to being teased, ignored, or scolded when they want to say something, when attempting to read, or when asked to write. Unfortunately, countless children with speech, language and literacy disorders are socially promoted from one grade to the next and suffer from extremely low self-confidence and difficulty succeeding academically.
The 14 RiteCare Childhood Language Centers of California, a program of the California Scottish Rite Foundation has made a lasting difference in the lives of children in California. Each year the Foundation provides support for life-changing speech, language, and literacy treatment of childhood language disorders to more than 2,300 children at the 14 RiteCare Childhood Language Centers of California in communities across the state, free of charge. Since its founding in 1958, the Foundation also provides in excess of $200,000.00 annually in support of a wide variety of scholarship assistance to over 100 California students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. The Foundation’s third component, the Americanism Program provides support services for California’s military Veterans by partnering with trusted organizations to provide funding for job training, legal services and temporary housing for Veterans in need.
The RiteCare Childhood Language Centers of California, a program of the California Scottish Rite Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, totally reliant on philanthropy from individuals, foundations and corporate partners. We do not receive any state or federal funding.
We serve children with speech, language and literacy disorders by providing the opportunity for free, life-changing therapy to improve their communication skills.
We are leaders in transitioning children with childhood communication disorders to realize their full potential.
The RiteCare Childhood Language Centers of California and the Foundation adhere to the premise that every child with speech, language or literacy disorders should have the opportunity to receive vital therapy from certified Speech Pathologists so that they may lead productive lives; freely communicating with their family, peers, and succeeding academically.
Acquiring these services can be life-changing, providing a renewed sense of self confidence, and the ability to communicate that many take for granted.
All of the above is provided at NO COST to the children we serve.
The RiteCare Childhood Language Centers of California is a program of the California Scottish Rite Foundation that was founded in 1958 and is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Happy New Year!
Greetings and Happy New Year from all of us at the RiteCare Childhood Language Centers of California, a program of the California Scottish Rite Foundation! We want to wish you a healthy, joyous and blessed 2020.
But first and foremost, I want to thank each and every one of you for the impact you made this past year by giving of your time, talent or financial support to those we serve. We are so honored and humbled by your continuous generosity! Please know that your support makes a remarkable difference to the children, students and Veterans we serve. In fact, last fiscal year we provided:
- Over 24,350 speech, language and literacy evaluation and therapy hours to children
- Over $345,500 in scholarships to college students
- Over 11,400 volunteer hours donated
- Funding for job training, legal services, and temporary housing for Veterans
As we look forward into the new decade, I am pleased about the road ahead as we prepare to serve a growing number of children at a very rapid pace! From new events to new program launches such as the new RiteCare Readers program, which you will learn more about soon, the future for the many children, students, and Veterans in need looks brighter—thanks to your on-going support!
So please continue to partner with us! We need your help now more than ever! And to start off the year, below are some fun and exciting ways in which you can get involved or show your support for the local RiteCare Childhood Language Centers and new programs of the Foundation.
Wishing you an abundantly blessed 2020,
Chairman of the Board