Community Resources: Financial Help For Sensory Products & Therapies
Lisa and Bob Compton of SensoryCritters.com and SensoryCraver.com have been helping hundreds of parents get the resources they
need to be able to purchase sensory products. They have literally donated
dozens of weighted products to those in need via their scholarship program.
At this point it is, however, tapped out. Here are some GREAT ideas for
YOU to try. You may just be surprised how willing your "neighbors" are to
Lisa Compton writes:
My goal is
to educate parents about their own communities... many are ready and willing to
step up and help. Here are some suggestions:
1. Ask your priests, ministers, rabbi's (including Catholic
Charities, United Way, etc.) If they can't help, they may be able to
direct you to other places that you can call to see who
can help you purchase the supplies and equipment you need.
2. See if there is money in the church to help pay for such items needed
for families - and not just weighted products, but Dri-Star clothes, GFCF foods, etc.
There are often families in the church who have money that are quiet donors for
needs just like these. I just had a family donate $350.00 for weighted
products! They barely knew the person receiving them and don't even want
to be recognized.
4. For products OR Therapy... Does your family have any ties to Masons, Shriners, Elks, Moose,
American Legion, Kiwanis, etc.? These clubs are very generous! You
can call your local Chamber of Commerce (you don't have to give them your life
story) but explain to them that you need to know if they have a recommendation
of a club or organization that helps families pay for the services and/or
products you need.
5. Call your family when birthdays or holidays are coming up.
If these are people
who would normally purchase gifts anyway, tell them THIS YEAR what your child
NEEDS is the following...(give them a list). Let them know,
"We have been trying very hard... we have gone to these resources (list them)
asking for assistance for these products and have not found success yet.
And our financial situation is not able to handle all the costs of therapy right
now...but ____ really needs it!"
Or say, "WHAT
IF everyone in the family donates the amount that they would normally spend, whether
it be $5 - $10 - $50, etc. and provide that in cash this time. Then we can
collect one sum, figure out the list of products that our child needs right
now, and then we can purchase them as a "Family" gift.
(It may also help if you
get a "prescription" from the OT, SP, DOC, who ever said
they need these products, and show your family... this is not just "fun"; this is
6. Call your Small Business Administration LOCAL office and ask them
if they are aware of any local charities/donors that help with medical assistance, such as
what we're speaking about... our local office has a lot of referrals.
7. While you are calling these places in your area write it down in
your journal so that you have resources for your area that includes specifics.
For example, a resource list that documents... when you called the Shriners, they
said, "We ONLY donate for THIS cause", or the Elks... "We have scholarships for
THIS cause, or at THIS time of the month"; or "here are the QUALIFICATIONS
needed to apply."
WHY???? This way you have all of your leg work done. This time/next time
you need assistance with something you will be able to go to your own Resource Binder! How powerful is
that?!... to have all of this information about your own
neighborhood,/communities all in one place! AND if another parent comes to
you and says that they really could use some help - you can pull out your book
and help them... what a great gift
to that friend!
not an agency worker - I've just had plenty of hard times, plus I've
worked with the churches and have created community meals where you
only pay 1.00 for children and 2.00 for adults. And if you can't pay...
no problem, could you help put the chairs up or clear the table? That is
your payment. Sometimes your service is enough)
forget about food banks! If you need to save money for two weeks or
a month to get other therapy items - visit your local food bank to save on
groceries. Sometimes you have to fill out a card, sometimes you do not.
There are a lot of food banks just look for them; call United Way or Catholic
Charities... they even help pay for utility bills! Anywhere you can save
will be that much more money to put towards the products and services your child
This is who I am... a RESOURCE person - that's why SensoryCritters.com is a Resource Center
now that our new site SensoryCraver.com is up, with nothing but products to purchase.
We want to help you get the items your children need in
order to be healthier, happier, and have a higher quality of life. We want to help YOUR family!
So, simply email me through either site (via the link below) with your needs and questions and we'll work together to find the monies to
get what you need. Again this doesn't happen overnight. I can not do the work
FOR you; so if you are willing to take the resources, make the calls, and do
the legwork then we are willing to offer weighted products at our sale prices
and work with the organization or company that is donating the products.
Hugs to each one of you! We are a provider but we are also a family member
that truly does get it and understands your daily life. We are here to help
and work WITH YOU, whatever way we can!
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