The We Promise Foundation, the charitable arm of the Chartway Federal Credit Union, donated $20,800 to St. Mary’s Home to send 16 children and young adults with severe disabilities to summer camp.
The We Promise Foundation is the sole sponsor of St. Mary’s participation in Camp Horizon, a program The Up Center runs on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan College. Campers will spend eight weeks enjoying field trips, art sessions, sports activities, music lessons and outdoor games as they experience freedom and independence as a result of access to adaptive items and equipment.
“St. Mary’s Home will be able to send 16 children and young adults to summer camp this year because of the generosity of the We Promise Foundation,” said William C. Giermak, St. Mary’s CEO. “Camp is always a big highlight for the children.”
This is the third year Chartway’s We Promise Foundation has sponsored summer camp for children and young adults of St. Mary’s. The Foundation also donated $20,800 to fully fund camp in 2012 and $10,000 to partially sponsor camp in 2011.
We Promise Foundation Chairman John Blum said the Foundation is proud to be able to help St. Mary’s with activities like summer camp. “It’s been great to have a relationship with St. Mary’s, a neighbor,” Blum said during a recent visit to St. Mary’s Home. “Our employees and supporters are extremely passionate about making a difference in our community so we are honored to provide St. Mary’s residents with the chance to enjoy an enriching outdoor experience.”
St. Mary’s Home provides quality, specialized care within a homelike environment for Virginia children and adults with severe disabilities, so each person can achieve his or her fullest potential. Children and young adults who have severe intellectual and physical disabilities live, play, go to school and receive comprehensive long-term and respite care at the private, nonprofit St. Mary’s Home. The Albero House at St. Mary’s will open in 2013 to provide care for adults over 21.