All donations are directed to the organization’s Margaret Gallow Client Unmet Needs Fund. The fund is in honour of the agency’s former Executive Director, Margaret Gallow. Her legacy continues on through the fund, which provides for those families, children, youth and adults receiving services, but with unmet needs not covered by current programs or funding.
Each generous donation is very meaningful to Catulpa’s mission to improve the lives of those within our support systems, by enabling us to finance these client’s unmet needs. This simple act makes such a difference for those coping with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. Thank you for your support.
Karen Hirstwood, Executive Director
Funds have been used for:
The Margaret Gallow Unmet Needs Fund is often used within Children’s programs to assist parents to send their children and youth to camp. The cost is prohibitive for many and without some assistance attending a summer camp would not be possible. Every child should have an opportunity to enjoy their summer and participate in community programming.
A couple, both diagnosed with a developmental delay, learned their apartment had bed bugs. The landlord of the building removed all furniture believed infected . Their Worker came to visit a couple weeks later and discovered the couple sleeping on fold-up chairs in their living room. They had little money to replace any of their furniture. but had not wanted to ask for assistance because they felt ashamed about the circumstances. The Margaret Gallow Unmet Client Needs fund provided them a bed, sheets, pillows, comforter, some small furniture and bed bug prevention to allow them the dignity they deserved in their own home.
The fund also assists paying for medication not covered by Trillium/ODSP benefits. Many families or individuals would go without necessary medication if it is not covered. The Margaret Gallow fund is a positive way to make sure individuals can stay healthy.
You can read Anthony’s story about how the fund helped him by visiting our News section.
Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $10.00 or more. Please note that no credit card information is shared with Catulpa Community Support Services when you provide a donation through this site. Charitable tax number: 10688-0750-RR0001