The Barbara Stone Foundation strives to help individuals with disabilities and special needs and their families first to survive and then to thrive. We make every effort to improve the quality of life not just for the individual, but for the rest of the family as well.
Help us help those who cannot help themselves. . .
Each year hundreds of families in our area become parents of babies with developmental difficulties, autism, or cerebral palsy. Other families have loved ones who fall victim to debilitating head or spinal cord injuries from accidents on the road, in the workplace, or at home.
These challenges are not asked for or anticipated. They come without warning. And they do not go away. . .ever. The emotional and financial impact on families is beyond words. Once the initial shock and distress subside, the long-term reality sets in. The annual cost of caring for a person with even moderate disabilities can be greater than an average family’s income.
Growing needs/Shrinking funds. . .
Recessionary times and shrinking tax revenues have caused state and federal agencies to cut funding for those with disabilities and special needs. Services have been slashed while the number needing services grows persistently. At this writing, over 5,500 South Carolina families are awaiting support. By the time you read this, that number will be higher. Many families now find themselves in dire circumstances with nowhere to turn for help.
Open your mind to the need. Open your heart to those with disabilities and special needs.
If you have a friend or loved one with a life-long disability, you are already aware of the challenges and the degree of need. If not, just take a moment to imagine how your life would change if you or someone very close to you suddenly became permanently disabled. It’s difficult to think about, but it happens every day to people of all walks of life right here in Greenville County. Now imagine most of your family’s time and income going towards the care of that individual for the foreseeable future.
This is reality for thousands of families who are waiting for services.
Won’t you consider a donation to help us with our mission? Your contribution will be put to work right here with your friends and neighbors in need in Greenville County. Please don’t wait. Your support is needed right away. Donate Now Here.