On behalf of the students, families, staff and board of Pressley Ridge, I extend our thanks to the Post-Gazette and reporter J. Brady McCollough for the very well done series (Dec. 26-29) spotlighting Pressley Ridge’s Day School and Treatment program, featuring three of our students, Dante Yobst, Kurtis Haddock and Sha’Ron Williams. As a point of clarification, Sha’Ron’s $3,000 scholarship is still available to him. Although he has graduated, our staff is reaching out to him to put that money to work for his education or to help him find employment. This is one of the wonderful qualities of Pressley Ridge: We continue to follow students in our programs to assist them in any way possible. We offer support whenever they need it, even if they are no longer receiving direct services.
You may know us for our annual fundraiser, the Ice Cream Fundae, but headquartered in Pittsburgh, born of the merger of two North Side orphanages in 1960 and intent to pursue their mission, Pressley Ridge offers innovative programs to children in Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and internationally in Hungary and Portugal. More than 1,000 staff serve more than 5,600 children and their families annually. Whether in the school for autism or for the deaf, Pressley Ridge meets the special needs of our students. The child who is mercilessly bullied finds a safe school environment at Pressley Ridge. The child who bullies others is re-educated to change that destructive behavior. The child with cognitive disabilities can succeed at Pressley Ridge.
Some children come to school for the day then return home, some live on campuses, some live with specially trained treatment foster parents and others are served directly in their homes and communities. Whatever it takes for every child to succeed, for every child to have joy in his or her life, the Pressley Ridge community is committed to serve the needs of children. We face today’s struggle to maintain critical programs with diminishing funding and are now reaching out to the communities we serve to be included in corporate and individual charitable giving.
I am honored to volunteer and humbled by the selfless service provided by the staff of Pressley Ridge.
JENNIFER FOX RABOLD