Assistance Stories

Friends of Danielle, Ltd. has provided assistance to those in need as the result of disability and/ or catastrophic illness since 1990. We are located in Westchester County and have through the years helped many families. We do not make payments directly to individuals or family members, but to service providers accompanied with appropriate receipts.

On a number of occasions we have paid medical expenses such as doctor’s bills, medication and treatments when insurance payments were inadequate.

We purchased a wig for a 5 year old who was undergoing chemotherapy when no other financing was available.

We have paid for baby sitters so that single parents with multiple children could accompany their sick child for treatment.

We have provided funds for transportation to and from hospitals and doctor’s offices. We have paid parking fees at hospital and treatment centers. We have united loved ones with their seriously ill family members by paying for airline tickets.

We have purchased meals for families at hospital sites while their relatives were receiving testing or treatments.

We recently assisted an autistic child who has stunted reading ability by funding a therapeutic reading program.

We recently assisted a family undergoing economic hardship and whose mother has breast cancer. We are paying several doctor and treatment bills not covered by insurance.

A two year child contracted leukemia. The family is economically challenged. Friends of Danelle decided to pay several months of Con Edison bills.

We have partnered with, and granted funds to, charitable organizations to develop therapeutic programs for the disabled. Currently we sponsor the Danielle Rinaldi Arts Program in association with the South East Consortium for Special Services, Inc., a not-for-profit community-based organization dedicated to providing therapeutic recreation programs and leisure-related services to children and adults with disabilities and special needs.

We have paid for individual therapeutic riding lessons for disabled children to enhance their motor and social skills. The results have been so impressive that we recently established a partnership with Pegasus Therapeutic Riding to fund the Danielle Rinaldi Therapeutic Riding Grant Program to provide multiple individuals the opportunity to participate in therapeutic equine-assisted programs.

We have also recently agreed to fund the Danielle Rinaldi Music Therapy Scholarship Fund in conjunction with the Music Conservatory of Westchester. The program which will provide music therapy grants to individuals who are suffering from the effects of disability and/or catastrophic illness, and who are economically challenged. Music therapy addresses the physical, emotional, social and cognitive well being of children and adults with a wide variety of special needs. Using the inherent qualities of music, board certified therapists design individualized programs to provide opportunities for social interaction, allow for emotional expression, increase attention, promote growth in motor skills, increase communication skills and alleviate pain and stress.

We have recently established a partnership with Heartsong, Inc., a Westchester based non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1992. Our mission establishes the Danielle Rinaldi Home Arts Therapy Fund to promote clinically-based music and art therapy programs that seek to enhance the functioning level and quality of life for children with special needs and their families. Specifically, our program will target individuals whose health is too compromised to attend on-site sessions, but may apply to the Fund for at-home therapy. In the words of Marion Anderson, Heartsong Executive Director, “…For many children, attending their Heartsong music and art therapy session is the highlight of their week. However, conditions ranging from seizures to cancer treatment have made it necessary for some children to temporarily or permanently curtail their attendance. The wonderful opportunity for a therapist to bring the program to their home will allow continuity with this important aspect of their development…”.

We are proud to announce that we have recently established a partnership with the Jewish Community Center of Mid-Westchester (JCC), a Westchester based non-profit organization that is part of a national network of community centers. Our mission with the JCC establishes the Danielle Rinaldi Summer Day Camp Grant Program to provide grant money to pay for a multi-week summer program that supports social skills in activities that include art, sports, computers and gymnastics. The recipients are children who are all developmentally disabled including ADHD, speech/language delays, learning disabilities, Asperger’s Syndrome, ASD or any social and emotional problems. Recipients must also demonstrate significant financial need.

We continue to grow, reach out, and help those in need. We are excited about the many opportunities available to us to fulfill our mission.

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