R4 Awarded Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

R4 ALLIANCE RECEIVES $13,000 GRANT FROM CHRISTOPHER & DANA REEVE FOUNDATION FOR ACCESS OUTDOOR PROGRAM

 SUN VALLEY, ID – (APRIL 6, 2017) – R4 Alliance is proud to announce that it has received a $13,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 102 grants totaling $721,425 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers. Conceived by the late Dana Reeve, the program has awarded over 2,900 grants totaling over $20 million since 1999.  Funding for the grants is made available through the Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) operated by the Reeve Foundation under a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

R4 Alliance will use the grant for purchasing Outrider recreational vehicles with adaptive equipment for programs serving Our Military Family.  This adaptive equipment will allow disabled veterans to access the outdoor programs that would be inaccessible without it.  We want to give back access to the outdoor experience for those unable to access it on their own.

R4 is honored to be the recipient of this Quality of Life grant.  It will make such a difference for our member organizations that will utilize these vehicles in their programs, but most importantly to the disabled veteran who will get to once again ACCESS Outdoors.  We cannot thank the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation enough.

The grants awarded in the second cycle of 2016 were distributed among a wide variety of categories, including recreation, sports and leisure, advocacy, equipment and other independent living-related services. A significant number of projects focus on community re-integration initiatives such as assistive technology programs, home accessibility modifications, accessible transportation, and accessible playgrounds that create more community opportunities for those living with paralysis and their families.

“It’s important to find balance while filling the needs of the community, especially those living in underserved areas,” said Donna Valente, Director of Quality of Life Grants. “People may live only a few blocks from an outstanding adaptive recreation program, but if they don’t have a ramp to get out of their homes or accessible transportation to get to that location, they can’t participate in the activity, and we really aren’t meeting the overall goal of this program. That’s why we examine every proposed project to see the impact it will have in the community, and try to determine how we can best help them reach their full potential.”

About the Reeve Foundation

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) is the support side of the Reeve Foundation’s twin missions to provide “Today’s Care” and to strive for “Tomorrow’s Cure” and offers a free, comprehensive, national source of informational support for individuals living with paralysis and their caregivers. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB’s Charity Seal. For more information, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-539-7309.

About R4 Alliance

R4 is an Alliance of programs of excellence providing recreation and wellness services to Our Military Family (OMF).  R4 provides OMF seeking resources and patriots lending support a beacon in the night. R4 members are undisputable leaders in our industry. A 501(c)3 who has achieved the R4 seal of approval has undergone a rigorous vetting process proving they are fiscally responsible, use effective practices, and have a high level of satisfaction with those they serve.  To learn more about R4 Alliance and our members visit www.r4alliance.org.

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