- Aide support to schools at a low cost
- California's budget deficit has led to massive cut-backs in
education. Although special education is largely protected by specific
mandates through the federal government, BALANCE4kids seeks to support
public education by "giving back" to the schools. The opportunity to
provide instructional assistants has enabled BALANCE4kids to save the
school districts that is currently serves, tens of thousands of
dollars annually, because we leave the profit margin in the schools.
We believe it is necessary to support today's public educational budget with the help of individual donations. If you would like to help support your local school districts, please visit our donations page.
The Club Quest Community Center was founded in 2007 for children and young adults aged four to twenty-two. The Club Quest Program is based on the idea that children and young adults with disabilities needed to learn socialization skills involving not only adults, but their peers as well. In October 2007, the Club Quest program was named “Community Resource of the Year" at the San Andreas Regional Center's “Service Above Self’ awards. The community center has activity rooms for experiences such as music, theater, art, cooking, games, and a reading room to promote literacy skills as well as a garden area and animals including two chickens and a rabbit that the children care for.
At Club Quest, we believe that every person, no matter their ability level has a unique gift to share with the world, and Club Quest provides a community in which to cultivate that gift. The Social Center is a place where opportunities for enriched social activities are offered daily. It is through these various activities that we encourage our participants to socialize and express themselves freely. We feel that confidence and creativity blossom when our participants challenge themselves and recognize their inner strengths. Our goal is that our participants will meet acquaintances that lead to life-long friends and start hobbies that lead to life skills as well as future career opportunities. We strive to teach each participant the joy of friends, the pleasures of real work, and the meaning of community.
If you would like to help Club Quest continue empowering children, and providing a supportive environment to grow and thrive, please visit our donations page.
- Special Events
The needs of children with disabilities are unique and varied.
BALANCE4kids seeks to collaborate with community organizations that provide recreational activities to children. BALANCE4kids has partnered with Ride-A-Wave, Monterey Bay Horsemanship Center, and Monterey SCUBA since 1999. Through utilizing volunteered task force BALANCE4kids had been able to provide opportunities such as surfing, kayaking, horse riding, SCUBA diving, to hundreds of children with disabilities.
If you would like to support children with disabilities having these type of experiences, please visit or donation page.
If you would like to volunteer for one of these events, please visit the volunteer page.
- In Home Support to Parents Through our Respite Program
- Respite providers work in the home, or in the community, with people under 22 years of age. Respite care is meant to allow the person to maintain their regular routine, while allowing their primary caregivers to get a break from their demanding role.
- Conservatorships for young adults with special needs are available through Sassoon Conservatorships. Click here to visit their website.