We are all grateful for the world our predecessors created for Tierra’s young adults. The question is… Will the current generation of families rise to the challenge of sustaining Tierra for the future and preserving the State’s commitment to everyone’s sons, daughters, brothers and sisters with developmental disabilities?
Tierra’s parents and families are answering loudly, “YES!” In addition to wide support for Tierra’s annual fundraising goals and events such as the Fall Festival and our Golf Tournament, families are also speaking out to our elected leaders, urging them to honor the State’s commitment by providing an urgently needed increase in rates of reimbursement for service organizations, including Tierra.
In June, Tierra families met with our local State Senator, Carol Liu. They so impressed her with the urgency of our cause that she promised to take our appeal to Sacramento. The Senator followed through and invited Rebecca Lienhard, CEO, and Steve Miller, former CEO, to meet with her and Senator Jim Beall, who Chairs the Human Services Committee. Senator Beall agreed to hold a hearing in Los Angeles to look into the needs of community service organizations.
On October 9th, the most powerful witnesses at the Hearing were Tierra client, Talleen Zohrabian, and her mother, Armeneh, who ended her testimony with this personal appeal:
“Talleen is young and her future is worth fighting for. … I am here today to help my daughter and all the young people like her say please, please help us get our lives moving again. Please help the organizations that want so badly to serve our children to succeed. I know it must be hard to find money for these programs, but without this support our children will lose their hope and their future.”
Now we can all heed this family’s call to action. Tierra is participating in a statewide effort to communicate with the Governor. Your letters and phone calls will make the difference. Send your letter today! Stand up for Tierra and all our children.