Write A Letter Today and Help Stand Up for Tierra and All Our Children

Senator Jim Beall

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.

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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.

LETTER BELOW: 

CLICK HERE to download a template letter to Governor Brown

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December 10th all across California people with developmental disabilities will be in the streets and in public meeting spaces!

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On December 10th all across California people with developmental disabilities will be in the streets and in public meeting spaces along with their families, friends and those who serve them. This date was circled long ago for rallies to bring greater public attention to the plight of nearly 300,000 of California’s most vulnerable citizens.

Their message is that their homes, their training and support programs that help them live and work in the community are dis-appearing. One residential program and one service organization at a time, the community safety net for the developmentally disabled is collapsing. These are the community-based services that have allowed California to close its inhumane and insanely expensive institutions in favor of community based services that assist people to become productive, contributing and valued community members. Their message is that the Legislature must act immediately to save remaining services and to begin re-storing the capacity of California’s safety net to protect and assist them.

But San Bernardino happened on December 2. It happened at the Inland Regional Center, a vital member of our developmen-tal disabilities community. Among the precious lives lost was Daniel Kaufman, a gentle man dedicated to helping others as a Job Coach for people with disabilities. Those of us in Los Angeles and surrounding counties who belong to the developmental disabilities community feel this tragedy deeply and we believe that the coming days should be devoted to messages and ac-tions expressing our sympathies and solidarity with all of the people who were directly affected by those awful events.

Consequently, the Los Angeles community will not be staging a public rally as part of the statewide day of action. Because over 100,000 people with developmental disabilities, their families and tens of thousands of their support workers reside in this ar-ea, Los Angeles will be conspicuous by its absence on this date.

The intention of this public statement is to say that all of us in Los Angeles and throughout this State stand as one. While we will spend the coming days healing and helping locally, we are fully committed to the statewide fight to preserve and protect our community-based safety net.

While the Governor makes his home in Sacramento, most of the leaders in our Legislature represent constituencies here in the Los Angeles area. We promise to be strong, vocal and persistent advocates in each of their offices until they understand the critical condition of services and act to save them.

Click here for full letter

Tierra’s Fall Festival – A Celebration of Our Community!

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Music, delicious food, arts, scarecrows, pumpkins, games, and even a baby camel!  Tierra’s 13th Annual Fall Festival was an amazing day, filled with welcomed traditions, new experiences, and unforgettable memories.  To all those who attended on Saturday, October 17th, thank you for joining us!

 

 To our sponsors, volunteers, performers, staff, and Board of Directors, THANK YOU for your support and all that it did to make this event Tierra’s most successful Fall Festival ever!

 

 The vital funds raised at our annual fall festival further Tierra’s mission, allowing us to continue serving 675 men and women with developmental disabilities each day.  Together, we are changing challenges to opportunities and building a new world where everyone is valued for their abilities and contributions, regardless of the notion of disability.

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Click here to check out pics for this year’s Fall Festival!

Special Thanks to our Major Event Sponsors!

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Many Thanks to our Activity Sponsors!

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Precision Dynamics Corporation, a Brady Business, Selects Tierra as Choice Charity of Brady Walk

Many thanks to our employment partners, Precision Dynamics Corporation, a Brady Business, in Valencia for selecting Tierra del Sol as one of the designated charities for their Brady Walk, which took place on Friday, July 24th. We are honored by your company’s support and commitment to our mission, and we thank all the Brady Walk Participants for every single step they took to make this incredible contribution possible.

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Tierra’s 8th Annual Golf Tournament Was A Wonderful Success!!!

On behalf of the 679 men and women we serve every day at the Tierra del Sol Foundation, a warm thank you to everyone who made this year’s 8th Annual Tee Off for Tierra! Golf Tournament a huge success. Golfers enjoyed a day of cool temps in the low 70s, great food, and an auction/awards dinner featuring an an epic golf ball drop (courtesy of Fire Stations 74 and 24) and the premier of a new Tierra video starring clients, families, and Tierra staff.

Congrats to our tournament winners who were the lucky recipients of original awards created by the artists of Tierra’s Sunland Studio Arts Program, as well as the three cash prize winners of our Golf Ball Drop – Al Muskat, Rocco Davis, and Dan Taay. And, a special thanks to the golf ball drop winners that donated their winnings back to Tierra!

Below is a collage highlighting some of the most memorable moments of the day. Enjoy!!!

Many Thanks to Our Major Sponsors!!!

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Donate Your Car, Boat, RV or Motorcycle to Support Tierra!

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Tierra del Sol has chosen Cars 4 Causes® to process all of our vehicle and boat donations! Cars 4 Causes® is America’s 1st vehicle donation organization, so rest assured they have the experience to get the most for Tierra. If you’ve got a ride you want to donate, you can help support us.

Click here and check out Cars4Causes today!

 

Take a Stand to Help Tierra! Contact Your State Representative

Take a Stand and help Tierra del Sol Foundation increase critically needed funding for individuals with disabilities.  Below are FOUR simple steps you can take today.

STEP #1

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STEP #2:

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STEP #3

Click on the name of your State Senator.  It will take you directly to the link for your specific legislator.  Then go the CONTACT tab. Click Email (Name of Senator).  See example below.
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STEP #4

Enter in your information and under the Comment Section, tell your Senator about the need for funding OR use the message below:

Please support critically needed increases in funding for people with developmental disabilities. Please sign on to Senator Jim Beall’s letter seeking a 10% increase for community services. Reimbursement rates for these services have been frozen and/or reduced for more than 20 years. Without your help, the community organizations that help people live independently and productively will struggle and many will fail. Without your help, thousands of people will lose their services and their opportunity to live good lives like everyone else. Please help us. Please sign Senator Beall’s letter and let the Budget Committee know that you support the request for funding community services for people with developmental disabilities. Thank you.

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